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Hearing begins for retired soldier charged in 1985 triple murder

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FORT BRAGG (AP) -- Military prosecutors at Fort Bragg today will try a retired Army master sergeant on charges he killed an Air Force captain's wife and daughters.

The Army recalled Master Sergeant Timothy B. Hennis to active duty last year to charge him with the deaths of Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters, who were found dead in their home near Fort Bragg in 1985.

Hennis had been arrested at the time and civilian prosecutors charged him with raping and killing Eastburn and killing five-year-old Kara Sue and three-year-old Erin Nicole. He was convicted in 1986 and sentenced to death, but the state Supreme Court gave him a new trial after finding his first trial was unfair. A second jury acquitted Hennis in 1989.

The military has released information saying D-N-A linking Hennis to one of the victims was discovered during an autopsy.

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