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Constitutional abuse?

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A soldier acquitted of killing a mother and two of her young daughters in North Carolina about 25 years ago is now going on trial in military court after prosecutors say new DNA tests link him to the crimes.

Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis, 51, is charged with premeditated murder in the May 1985 stabbing deaths of Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters — 5-year-old Kara Sue and 3-year-old Erin Nicole. Opening statements in the court-martial are set for Wednesday and the death penalty trial could last up to two months, featuring 100 or more witnesses.

Hennis couldn't be tried again in civilian court so he was charged by the military, which can pursue the case because its court system is a different jurisdiction. Hennis retired from the Army in 2004 but was recalled to active duty to face charges.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:13 PM on Mar. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (4)
  • NOt at all, used to live on military bases myself, MANY soldiers and Marines WANT the civilian trials, due to that the Brig and military courts are VERY harsh and usea lot of unfair evidence. There's a saying I heard 'if you're gonna speed here, do it when you pass the gate guards'. Very true, but some crimes won't make nay sense outside the military such as, you can be arrested for arriving to work (military duty) late and/ or not at all. Who do you think deal with AWOL and deserters? Civilian courts are leanient to feelings and circumstance, military: you have no excuse and no reason to do things that are wrong, plain and simple. Hope this helps.

    Answer by IndieJones at 9:59 PM on Mar. 15, 2010

  • Constitutional abuse is happening in DC now so what difference does it make? It's a dying document.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:12 PM on Mar. 15, 2010

  • Not abuse, justice. They didn't have DNA 25 years ago or maybe he wouldn't have been acquitted. Someone needs to see to it this mom and her children get justice.

    Answer by CorrinaWithrow at 12:08 AM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • If he got away with murder 25 yrs ago, and they now have solid evidence that implicates him in the crime, then I say go for it, and more power to 'em! It is in a different court system. He was in the military when this crime was committed, so it seems perfectly fine to do a second trial in the military court. It's not like he won't have a lawyer or anything.

    Answer by 29again at 12:15 AM on Mar. 16, 2010

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