Decades After Killings, ‘Fatal Vision' Case Back in Court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Army surgeon convicted of killing his pregnant wife and their two daughters nearly five decades ago is getting another chance to argue that he’s innocent.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday in the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, who inspired the book and television miniseries “Fatal Vision.” The 73-year-old has long maintained that the killings were committed by drug-crazed hippies who broke into his North Carolina apartment.

MacDonald’s attorneys are challenging a 2014 district court judge’s decision denying his bid to have his convictions thrown out. They say evidence uncovered since his 1979 trial proves he’s innocent.

Prosecutors are urging the court to reject MacDonald’s appeal, saying in court filings that they’re confident he was the killer.

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