Hennis Trial Underway

March 19, 2010

At Fort Bragg, a military jury is hearing evidence in the death penalty trial of Master Sergeant Tim Hennis.  Yesterday the jury heard from a former FBI agent who did forensic blood tests on material found at the crime scene.  This testing was done years before the advent of DNA technology; rather the agent was matching enzymes from blood in the sample to enzymes in blood known to have been taken from the victim and the defendant.  Although the tests revealed enzymes matching the victim, there was no match to Tim Hennis.

The defense also raised questions about the handling of evidence over the last 20 years.  Some envelopes which are supposed to contain hair and fiber samples are empty, and there seems to be no explanation for what happened to the evidence.

Shareef Jury to Decide Life or Death

March 19, 2010

In Cumberland County, a jury will soon decide whether Abdullah Shareef should be put to death or serve life without the possibility of parole.  Shareef was found guilty earlier this week of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, despite evidence that he is a paranoid schizophrenic and was in the midst of a psychotic episode at the time.

Shareef’s wife pleaded with the jury, “I’m so sorry that this had to happen.  We tried to help him… I just hope you have in your heart this was not like him.  And I’m sorry.  Have mercy.  I’m asking please don’t give him the death penalty.”


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