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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Attorneys made closing statements today in the Jeffrey MacDonald hearing in federal court. Though the hearing is done, it may be a while before we know if the 68-year-old will get another trial.

After the defense and prosecution get transcripts of the hearing, the judge is giving both side a 60-day briefing period before any final decision can be made.

MacDonald, a former Green Beret doctor, is serving three life sentences after being convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two little girls. He maintains that intruders killed his family.

MacDonald hopes new DNA evidence and witness statements will help prove his innocence if the judge grants him a second trial.

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4 Comments on "Closing statements made in Jeffrey MacDonald case"

2015 years 10 months ago

the crime took place in Fayetteville.

His appeal was heard in Federal Courty in Wilmington.

What does any of your blather have to do with his appeal?

Guest janice brodie
2015 years 10 months ago

i was a social worker in Fayetteville when the murders took place. I had the haymount area and the apts. and rooming houses where the hippies lived. Helena Stockley was one of them. when I made my home visits I heard the talk of what had had happened and how Helena and her friends were responsible for the killing of that family. I ,also read every report in the Fayetteville paper at that time and was shocked when I learned that the jury did not hear so much of the testimony.I just hope that the remaining years of Jeffreys life he will be a free man.

2015 years 10 months ago

of the new DNA evidence. Everything else seemed to be second hand or hearsay.

It would appear the DNA is his only hope for a new trial.

And barring a new trial, hsi only hope for parole would be a parole application with his admission of guilt and remorse.

So Done
2015 years 10 months ago

Ironic, that after all this, wilmington is not on any ‘top 1 national place’ to live where you could find yourself charged falsely, evidence created, and jailed for years, if high enough people have a reason or crime to hide. lo and behold, we find a famous wilmington 10 state DA prosecutor was Elevated to eastern district federal prosecutor in the jeffrey macdonald murder trial, and it is none other than –drumroll– J A Y S T R O U D { Page 309 Paragraph 4 http://books.google.com/books?id=pQba4PRbJdcC&pg=PA298&lpg=PA298&dq=algernon+butler+murder+trial&source=bl&ots=d4pQyuHah4&sig=QmS64uWn7_F3W5ANUdbqOu1XesQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TBpjUIvMH4fA8AT57YC4Dw&ved=0CD4Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false


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