The Strange Case of Timothy Hennis: How Should It Be Resolved



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Texas Tech Law Review


Examines the trials of Timothy Hennis, accused of the murder of Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters. After two trials, Timothy Hennis was acquitted of the murders. Hennis went on to have a successful military career and eventually retired from the Army. After 20 years evidence was tested, which linked Hennis to the crime. Since Hennis had been acquitted, he could not be tried again. As a result, the Army called him out of retirement to be court martialed. The article discusses many aspects of this case, especially the issue of using a military court martial to circumvent double jeopardy and concludes with a recommendation that if the United States Supreme Court should get this case they should hold that the federal interest is too attenuated to justify trying Hennis again.



Timothy Hennis, Kathryn Eastburn, Double jeopardy, Federal interest, Murder, Gamble v. United States, State v. Hennis, Fayetteville, North Carolina


53 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1