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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A federal judge has granted a delay in the appeal of former Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald, who is serving three life sentences for the 1970 killings of his pregnant wife and two daughters at Fort Bragg.
Court documents show an evidentiary hearing in MacDonald's appeal was delayed a month, in part because his lead lawyer has withdrawn from the case and to allow for travel by witnesses.
The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28 in U.S. District Court in Wilmington.
MacDonald has steadfastly maintained his innocence, claiming that he and his family were attacked by three men and a woman with long blonde hair, a floppy hat and boots who carried a lighted candle and chanted "acid is groovy; kill the pigs."
His case resulted in the book "Fatal Vision."