Wilmington, NC -- A hearing on whether a former Army surgeon should get a new trial in the death of his wife and two young children more than 40 years ago has concluded, although a ruling could be months away.
Closing arguments in the Jeffrey MacDonald hearing ended in a federal court in Wilmington on Tuesday, concluding six days of evidence and testimony. A U.S. District Court judge heard from MacDonald lawyer Gordon Widenhouse, who focused on testimony from Jerry Leonard, who represented Helena Stoeckley in August 1979, and on statements from Stoeckley's mother.
The 68 year old MacDonald was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters at their Fort Bragg home in 1970. MacDonald has maintained his family was killed by a band of intruders who burst into his home.