Trial Date Set for Tim Hennis

September 19, 2007

News Update 09.19.07

North Carolina

A tentative June 1, 2008 trial date has been set for Timothy Hennis. Hennis will stand trial in a Ft. Bragg military court for a 1985 triple murder of which he was acquitted in civilian court. There will be a motions hearing in January, at which time the judge might decide to push the trial back if necessary.

Meanwhile, attorneys for Sgt. William J. Kreutzer, Jr. were in court today at Ft. Bragg. Kreutzer was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996 for a shooting during a training run that killed one paratrooper and injured 18 others. His conviction was reversed in 2005 due to ineffective assistance of counsel and bad rulings by the judge. Kreutzer will be retried in April 2008.

Doctors at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh say that Michael Charles Hayes is no longer mentally ill, and no longer a danger to others. Hayes has been kept at Dix since 1989, when he was found not guilty by reason of insanity after killing four people and wounding five others. The Forsyth County man believed he was shooting at demons. Hayes’ attorney is concerned that he may still be too ill to be released.

Elsewhere

The planned execution of Jerome Harbison has been delayed after a federal judge ruled that Tennessee‘s lethal injection protocol violates the 8th Amendment by posing a “substantial risk of unnecessary pain.” The judge also criticized a corrections official for ignoring the recommendations of a committee organized by the Governor to review such procedures. More here. You can read the order here.

The fine folks at the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law have put together a resource page for those interested in learning more about lethal injection and/or the related litigation going on in various states.


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