Report: Jeffrey MacDonald cites new evidence in request for new trial

Report: Jeffrey MacDonald cites new evidence in request for new trial

Credit: Associated Press

Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald is shown in 1970 on his way to a court hearing.

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

RALEIGH, NC -- Jeffrey MacDonald, the former Fort Bragg, NC doctor convicted of killing his wife and two young daughters more than 40 years ago, has filed a motion asking for a new trial.  

WTVD-TV reports the filing made Thursday cites court documents that state there's new evidence including "handwritten lab notes that revealed numerous blond synthetic hairs, up to 22 inches in length, had been found in a hairbrush in the kitchen of the MacDonald home following the murders." 

MacDonald's case was the subject of the book "Fatal Vision." 

He's tried unsuccessfully for years to get a new trial and has maintained his innocence. From the beginning, he has said drug-crazed "hippies" — three men and a woman in a big floppy hat — who chanted "Acid is groovy, kill the pigs."

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