Sentencing Phase To Conclude In NC Slaying Case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Defense lawyers for a soldier convicted of murder in the slayings of a North Carolina mother and her two children will try to convince a military jury not to execute him.

The military jury considering whether to sentence Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis to death or life in prison will hear from the defense Monday. Prosecutors presented their case on Friday.

Hennis was convicted Thursday of killing 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and her young daughters in their Fayetteville home in 1985.

This was Hennis' third trial in the slayings. He was convicted in 1986 in civilian court and sentenced to death, but the state Supreme Court gave him a new trial. Jurors acquitted Hennis in 1989, saying prosecutors couldn't prove Hennis was inside the house at the time of the slayings.

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