RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals panel in Virginia has ordered a judge to consider new evidence in the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Army doctor convicted of killing his wife and young daughters in 1970.
MacDonald claims new DNA evidence and a witness statement show he is innocent. The former Green Beret has always contended that four drug-crazed hippies killed his family. His case resulted in the book and television miniseries “Fatal Vision.”
A federal judge in North Carolina rejected MacDonald’s innocence claim in 2008. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday that the judge improperly failed to consider all the evidence, and returned the case to him for another hearing.
MacDonald is serving three life terms.