Judge to hear new testimony in 1970 slaying of Green Beret doctor's family
(CNN) -- One of the most sensational and infamous murder cases in modern U.S. history is returning to a courtroom this week.
A federal judge in
Wilmington, North Carolina, will begin hearing testimony Monday morning
on whether Jeffrey MacDonald, the former Green Beret doctor convicted of
killing his family, should get a new trial.
MacDonald, 68, is
expected to be present at the proceedings. He has long said that a group
of hippies beat and stabbed to death his wife and two young daughters
in their Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home on February 17, 1970.
Jeffrey MacDonald: In his own words
investigators that he was at home, sleeping on a couch, when he heard
screaming. He awoke to find three men and one woman, whom he described
as having blond hair and wearing a floppy hat. They chanted "kill the
pigs" and "acid's groovy" before attacking him, MacDonald said. He
suffered two stab wounds and a collapsed lung.
A military inquiry into
the murders recommended that MacDonald not be court-martialed, but a
federal jury found him guilty in 1979. He was sentenced to life in
prison and has been behind bars since 1982.
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