Judge Delays Murder Trial For Recalled Soldier

A military judge in Eastern Carolina has postponed for a fifth time the court-martial of a retired soldier forced back into the Army to face triple-murder charges.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the military trial for Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis is now scheduled sometime after March, depending on when DNA test results are completed.

Defense lawyers also want a federal court to rule it was a violation of Hennis' constitutional protections to force him back into uniform in 2006.

The 51-year-old Hennis was convicted of killing Kathryn Eastburns in 1985, but was granted a second trial and acquitted. He resumed his Army career and retired in 2004.

The military recalled Hennis to duty and charged him again after civilian investigators reported that DNA testing linked him to the crime.