General Recommends Dropping Rape Charge Against Hennis

A general has recommended dropping a rape charge against Master Sergeant Timothy Hennis. But Hennis still will be tried on murder charges in the 1985 deaths of an Air Force captain's wife and two daughters.

The recommendation came because the statute of limitations had expired.

Hennis was charged by state investigators with the slayings of 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and her two daughters. They died at their home near Fort Bragg. Hennis was convicted in state court and sentenced to death, then acquitted after the trial was reversed by a new jury.

After Hennis retired from the Army, a detective reviewing the case found new evidence. But state officials couldn't charge him again, so the new D-N-A evidence was given to the Army.

Hennis was reactivated and brought by the Fort Bragg so he could be charged.