- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Government attorneys want a federal judge to deny Jeffrey MacDonald’s latest request for a new trial.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1qPhSe2) that U.S. District Judge James Fox ruled in July that MacDonald’s attorneys failed to establish during a 2012 hearing that he should not have been convicted in the 1970 stabbing deaths of his wife and two daughters.

Attorneys for the 70-year-old former Army captain then asked to appeal, saying there should be a new trial after a new federal report questioned the work of a former FBI investigator on the case.

Government attorneys filed a motion Thursday saying questions about the investigator’s credibility have been known for at least 17 years and that the investigator did not testify at the trial.

“Therefore, no ‘new’ information about his credibility could possibly have affected that trial,” according to the government response.

MacDonald is serving three life sentences. He was a doctor for a Special Forces unit. His pregnant wife, Colette, and daughters Kimberley, 5, and Kristen, 2, were found stabbed to death in their home at Fort Bragg. MacDonald was convicted in 1979.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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