October 15, 2009
Update on the Hennis/Eastburn Murder Trial
Back in April, I wrote a post with then-recent updates on the Tim Hennis case. For that post go here.
It now looks like the court martial has once again been postponed, this time until February 22, 2010, per the Fayetteville Observer. The postponement, once again, of the trial certainly doesn't say guilt or innocence to me but the facts I outlined in my original post still have me wondering what went on with the case from the beginning.
If you haven't read Scott Whisnant's excellent book on the case Innocent Victims(at least the case from the murders to and including Tim Hennis' second trial in 1989, in which he was acquitted of the same murders he was convicted of in 1986 and sentenced to death for), I encourage you to find a copy. It's very well written and the case is quite a puzzler.
I do wonder if Mr. Whisnant plans to update his book once the case does finally continue forward.
I will continue to run updates on this case as I hear of them.
To order Innocent Victims from Amazon (who is stating they are currently out of stock) go here. To order from Barnes & Noble (also stating they are currently out of stock) go here. Both sites also advertise used copies.
EDITED TO ADD: Thanks to a link from an anonymous poster, it looks like a pretrial hearing has been scheduled for December 16, 2009 after the judge denied Hennis' request that DNA samples be taken from items found in the Eastburn home at the time of the murders. Hennis' lawyers claim he is innocent and DNA testing of the items in question may reveal the DNA of the actual killer or killers. Prosecutors objected, stating they have DNA from a vaginal swab taken from Kathryn Eastburn's body - - but concede they have no other physical evidence from the three rooms where the murders took place.