RETIRED ARMY MASTER SGT CONVICTED IN 1985
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Former M/SGT Timothy Hennis is desperate to get off Death Row.
The retired Army senior non-com was first convicted of the brutal slaying of an officer's wife and her two young daughters nearly 30 years ago.
Police in Fayetteville, N.C. said Hennis, then 27, broke into the home while the woman's husband was away on training. A civilian jury convicted the then- buck sergeant in 1986, but he was acquitted in a retrial three years later.
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
Hennis thought he was out of the woods, and for years it seemed the parachute rigger had escaped justice. He moved up the ranks and made it all the way to master sergeant before his retirement in 2004.
But new DNA evidence, hair samples, fingerprints and a bloody towel caused the case to be re-opened. The Army recalled Hennis off the retired list and successfully convicted him at court-martial of capital murder.
The alleged killer, however, has one more trick left in his kit bag.
Hennis has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, claiming he was not in a status that subjected him to court-martial jurisdiction.
If the court agrees, Hennis might yet go free. But let's hope that never happens. The blood of his innocent victims cries out for justice.