The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site is a compendium of information about the Jeffrey MacDonald case. MacDonald was convicted in 1979 of the murders of his pregnant wife and two small daughters. He is serving three life sentences for that brutal crime.


The Murders of Colette, Kimberley and Kristen MacDonald
 

The Jeffrey MacDonald Information Site

CHRONOLOGY
 

August 11, 1916

 Mildred Madison (Colette's mother) was born.

August 23, 1916

Joseph Arthur Robert Pierre MacDonald (Jeffrey MacDonald's father) was born.

January 19, 1919

Alfred G. Kassab (Colette's stepfather) was born.

June 9, 1919

Dorothy Adele Maureen Lemien (Jeffrey MacDonald's mother) was born.

May 10, 1943

Colette Katherine Stevenson was born in Manhattan, New York.

October 12, 1943
 

Jeffrey MacDonald was born in Jamaica, New York. He was not given the name
 of Robert at birth. Robert was his confirmation name given in 1954.

June 7, 1952

Helena Stoeckley was born.

1954

Edward Cowles Stevenson (Colette's father) committed suicide.

1956
 

Freddy Kassab and Mildred first met New Years eve at Felice's Restaurant
in Patchogue, New York.

1961

Jeffrey MacDonald entered Princeton University.

September 14, 1963
 

Jeffrey MacDonald and Colette Stevenson were married in
New York City, New York.

April 18, 1964
 

Kimberley Kathryn MacDonald was born at Princeton
hospital in Princeton, New Jersey.

1964
 

Jeffrey, Colette and Kimberley move to Chicago when he is accepted to
Northwestern University Medical School.

March 5, 1966

















 

Jeffrey MacDonald's father dies at the age of 48 due to pulmonary fibrosis.

Known as "Mac" to his friends, he signed all legal papers as Robert P. MacDonald.

Mac's dream was to become an electrical engineer. He tried many times to no avail. His last attempt he scored 63, but needed 65 to pass. After that he was never the same and just fell into the routine of being a draftsman.

In the bottom right corner of all his drawings related to his work, he would sign SAM. When his boss, a friend of many years asked what that meant, he replied, "Sore Ass MacDonald" because I do all the work while you get all the
credit and make all the bucks.

He was a proud man, very outspoken and set in his ways. At best, he tolerated women. He was extremely prejudice. I am sure MacDonald will never forget the scene he made at the collage party that had all black servers.

He would never celebrate his birthday on his birth date of August 23. It was celebrated on August 12
.

May 8, 1967

Kristen Jean MacDonald was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1968

Jeffrey MacDonald graduates as a Medical Doctor.

1969
 

Jeffrey MacDonald completes medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian
Hospital in New York City.

July 1, 1969





 

Jeffrey MacDonald joins the U.S. Army.

His first assignment was to report to Fort Sam Houston
 Army Medical School, in San Antonio, Texas, for a six-week orientation period. After that, he took a short leave and then reported to Fort Benning, Georgia, for three weeks of "Jump School."
(basic paratrooper training)

October 29, 1969








 

Jeffrey MacDonald arrived at Fort Bragg with the rank of Captain. He was assigned to the Green Berets as Group Surgeon to the 3rd Special Forces Group. Approximately three months later that group was disbanded and he was assigned to the 6th Special Forces as a Preventative Medical Officer. However, mostly he was responsible for sanitation of camp latrines and filling out the monthly report on venereal disease.

Shortly after he arrived at Fort Bragg, Freddy drove Colette and the children to Fort Bragg to join him at their new home on post in the officer's housing at 544 Castle Drive.

February 17, 1970













 

At 3:42 am dispatchers at Fort Bragg were notified by Chief Operator, of Carolina Telephone Company regarding a call for help they received. The operator patched the call through to Fort Bragg where Jeffrey MacDonald reported that "some people had been stabbed" at his residence and that he needed MPs and medics and ambulances.

When the MPs and medic arrived, MacDonald was found on the master bedroom floor lying partially on his stomach with one of his arms across Colette's upper body.

MacDonald tells MPs and medics that he and his family were attacked by four hippies.

MacDonald is transferred to Cape Fear Hospital for treatment. Colette, Kimberley and Kristen are dead. They are transferred to the morgue at Cape Fear Hospital.

February 21, 1970



 

Funeral Services are held for Colette, Kimberley and Kristen at the John F. Kennedy Center Chapel in Fort Bragg.

MacDonald was issued a pass to attend the funeral, and returned back to the hospital.

February 22, 1970
 

Freddy and Mildred Kassab along with Jeffrey MacDonald's mother Perry accompanied the remains of Colette and Kimberley and Kristen back to New York.

February 23, 1970
 

Colette, Kimberley, Kristen and the unborn baby boy were buried in the Stevenson family plot near Colette's  father. The unborn son was buried with Colette.

February 25, 1970

 

Jeffrey MacDonald was discharged from the hospital.

He was released to assume his duty status February 26.

April 6, 1970







 

Jeffrey MacDonald is questioned by CID agents Franz Grebner, William Ivory and
Bob Shaw.

After the questioning, MacDonald returned to his office. Shortly thereafter, he and Jim Williams were summoned to Colonel Kane's office. When they arrived, Colonel Kane informed him that, the Public Information Office of Fort Bragg was going to issue a statement in about one hour that he was the primary suspect in the murders of his family and that he would be restricted to his quarters and could go nowhere  without an escort officer.

May 1, 1970
 

Jeffrey MacDonald was formally charged with the murders of his pregnant wife and two small daughters.

July 6, 1970








 

An Article 32 hearing convenes with Colonel Warren Rock as the IO (Investigating Officer). Since Colonel Rock was not a lawyer, Captain Beale was assigned as his legal advisor.

MacDonald was represented by civilian attorneys Bernard Segal and Dennis Eisman along with JAG officers, Captain James Douthat and Second Lieutenant Michael J. Malley.

JAG attorney Captain Somers was the government attorney and was later joined by Captain Thompson.

September 11, 1970
 

Captain Somers and Bernard Segal give their closing arguments at the Article 32 hearing.

October 13, 1970










 

Colonel Warren Rock issues his report with the following recommendations -

In the interest of military justice and discipline, it is mended that:

(1) All charges and specifications against Captain Jeffrey R. MacDonald be dismissed because the matters set forth in all charges and specifications are not true. There are no lesser charges and/or specifications which are appropriate.

(2) That appropriate civilian authorities be requested to investigate the alibi of Helen [sic] Stockley [sic], Fayetteville, North Carolina, reference her activities and whereabouts during the early morning hours of 17 February 1970, based on evidence presented during the hearing.

October 23, 1970







 

Edward M. Flanagan, Jr., Major General, USA issued his report stating "I have considered the attached charges against Captain Jeffrey R. MacDonald, 112-34-8378, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces and the report of investigation made in accordance with paragraph 34, Manual for Courts-Martial, United States 1969 (Revised Edition), and Article 32, Uniform Code of Military Justice. In my opinion, there is insufficient evidence available to justify reference of the charges for trial by court-martial. Consequently, I have dismissed the charges in accordance with paragraph 33f, Manual for courts-martial, United States, 1969 (Revised Edition).."

November 1970



 

An investigation into the handling of the case was ordered and directed by the Secretary of the Army, Stanley R. Resor. CID's Internal Affairs Director, Colonel Jack Pruett took  charge of the case. Peter Kearns with the Army Internal Affairs, in Washington, DC, was sent to Fayetteville-Fort Bragg as Operations Officer in charge of seven or eight criminal investigators to conduct the investigation.

December 4, 1970


 

Jeffrey MacDonald received an honorable discharge due to his request for a hardship discharge from the Army because of the loss of his family. He returned to New York taking a job working as an  emergency physician at the New World Trade Center.

December 11, 1970


 

Jeffrey MacDonald appeared on the Walter Cronkite, CBS News. He was interviewed by CBS Newscaster Bob Scheffer. During the interview, MacDonald complained of the investigation  into the murders of his wife and children by the CID detailing certain investigative errors that he attributed to the CID.

December 15, 1970










 

Jeffrey MacDonald appeared on the Dick Cavett Show not as a grieving husband and father. He did not appear sad or depressed about what had happened. Not one word of how much he missed his family, not one word asking for help to locate the intruders he claimed committed these murders. Taking every opportunity to criticize the Army and how they handled the investigation. Smiling, and confidently discussing how badly he had been injured in the attack and how some of his wounds were potentially life-threatening. During the interview he related certain activities at his residence on the evening of February 16-17, 1970 and again dealt with errors of omission and commission that he attributes to investigators of CID during their conduction of the investigation. He insulted the Army, accusing the investigators of lying, covering up evidence, bungling the investigation, and then making him the scapegoat for their errors.

March 27, 1971



 

Freddy Kassab was escorted to the crime scene by CID agent Peter Kearns and Colonel Jack Pruett. Kassab did everything MacDonald said he did in that two-minute span of time between dropping the phone in the master bedroom and picking it up again in the kitchen, and found it to be an impossibility that anyone could  complete  all those activities in that short period of time.

July 1971

 

Jeffrey MacDonald moves to Long Beach, California, accepting a job as an emergency room physician at St. Mary Medical Center at the request of his friend, Jerry Hughes.

June 1972

 

Peter Kearns files his 10,000 page report to the United States Department of Justice with a recommendation that MacDonald be prosecuted for the murders of his pregnant wife and two small daughters.

December 1973

 

Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen declines to prosecute  Jeffrey MacDonald citing the case is too weak. That "the exculpatory character of some of the evidence together with the total lack of evidence as to possible motive."

April 30, 1974

 

Freddy and Mildred Kassab along with Peter Kearns drove to Clinton, North Carolina for a meeting with Judge Algernon Butler, Senior Federal District Judge for the Eastern District of North, Carolina who had agreed to hear them.

August 12, 1974
 

Grand jury hearing began in Raleigh, North Carolina with Victor Woerheide as lead government attorney.

August 12 - 15, 1974

Jeffrey MacDonald waives his rights and testifies before the grand jury.

January 21, 1975

Jeffrey MacDonald waives his rights and testified  before the grand jury.

January 24, 1975

 

Jeffrey MacDonald is indicted by the grand jury on 3 counts of first degree murder for the murders of his pregnant wife and 2 small daughters.
He was arrested by the FBI.

January 31, 1975

Jeffrey MacDonald posted bail and was released.

May 23, 1975

Jeffrey MacDonald is arraigned, he plead not guilty.

May 1975

 Defense request for a change of venue and a new judge are denied.

July 29, 1975
 

Judge Dupree denies Jeffrey MacDonald's double jeopardy and speedy trial motions and trial date as August 18, 1975 to remain.

January 1976
 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 split dismissed the indictment on the grounds that a speedy trial had been denied.

May 1978
 

U.S. Supreme Court in a vote of 8-0 overrules the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, reinstating the indictment.

October 1978
 

Fourth Circuit Appeals Courts rejects Jeffrey MacDonald's double jeopardy
arguments.

March 1979
 

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear arguments regarding MacDonald's "double jeopardy" complaint.

June 1979
 

Jeffrey MacDonald met with Joe McGinniss, a well known writer. He wanted a writer to go through the trial and write a book.

June 18, 1979
 

The Long Beach Police Association hosts a $100 per plate dinner to raise money for MacDonald's legal bills.

June 1979
 

Jeffrey MacDonald undergoes hypnosis with Drs. William Kroger and Richard Doucet.

July 13, 1979
 

Joe McGinniss agreed to write the book. Bernard Segal drew up an employment agreement signed by Segal and McGinniss.

July 16, 1979
 

Bernard Segal signed a release to Sterling Lord for the exclusive story rights to the life of Jeffrey MacDonald for author Joe McGinniss.

July 19, 1979


 

U.S. v. Jeffrey MacDonald trial begins in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Honorable Judge Franklin Dupree presiding.
The government is represented by Brian Murtagh and James Blackburn. The defense is represented by Bernard Segal  and Wade Smith.

August 29, 1979





 

Jeffrey MacDonald is found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Kristen MacDonald and 2 counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Colette and Kimberley MacDonald.
Judge Franklin Dupree sentenced Jeffrey MacDonald to period of his natural life on 3 counts of murder. Sentences to run consecutively. MacDonald's bail was revoked, he was taken into custody in the court room and placed in the Wakefield County Jail.

September 14, 1979

Judge Dupree denies Jeffrey MacDonald's bail request.

September 28, 1979
 

Jeffrey MacDonald files a motion in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for admission to bail pending appeal pursuant.

October 4, 1979

 Jeffrey MacDonald is transferred to the federal prison at Terminal Island.

October 16, 1979
 

Government files a motion in opposition to Jeffrey MacDonald's September 28, 1979 motion for bail pending appeal.

November 16, 1979
 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denies Jeffrey MacDonald's motion for release pending review and that the hearing of the appeal be expedited.

July 29, 1980
 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a vote of 2-1 rules that Jeffrey MacDonald was denied a speedy trial. His conviction was reversed.

August 22, 1980






 

MacDonald is released on bail. Transportation was arranged by Jerry Hughes to have him picked up in a van at a side door since the front of the prison was filled with the media. MacDonald, always the media hound, would have no part of that and marched out the front door shooting off his mouth, giving interviews.

He would then take a vacation to Mammoth, buying a cabin while there. After that he returned back to work at St. Mary Hospital as Director of the Emergency Room Medicine.

December 18, 1980

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a vote of 5-5 will hear the case en banc.

May 1981

The U.S. Supreme Court accepts the case for consideration.

March 31, 1982

 

The U.S. Supreme Court in a vote of 6-3 reverses the speedy trial win. MacDonald is arrested by the FBI and remanded back to federal prison.  His original sentence
of three consecutive life terms is reinstated.

1982
 

Defense files motion with Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for MacDonald to be free on bail pending appeal. Motion is denied.

June 1982

The Fourth Circuit of Appeals heard the remaining  points of  MacDonald's appeal.

June 3, 1982

 

Greg Mitchell died at the age of 31 years old at Lynchburg, Virginia's General Hospital. Cause of death attributed to cardiopulmonary arrest due to gastrointestinal hemorrhage and alcoholic liver disease.

August 1982

 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms MacDonald's conviction.

Brian O'Neill replaces Bernard Segal as attorney of record.

August 27, 1982

Jeffrey MacDonald is transferred from Terminal Island to Bastrop, Texas.

January 14, 1983

 

Helena Stoeckley was found deceased in her apartment in Seneca, South Carolina. From the condition of her remains,  it was determined that she had been deceased for several days. She was 32 years old.

January 15, 1983

 

Autopsy was performed on Helena Stoeckley by Dr. Sandra Conradi. Findings were she died of acute bronchopneumonia  of the left lower lobe and post-hepatitic cirrhosis of the liver.

Spring 1983


 

Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss is published. MacDonald had thought the book would portray him as being innocent; instead he was portrayed as a sociopath who was guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and two small daughters. It was not as MacDonald had thought.

1983

 

Jeffrey MacDonald's New York medical license revoked.

Jeffrey
MacDonald's North Carolina medical license revoked.

July 28, 1983

Jeffrey MacDonald's California Medical license revoked.

September 30, 1983

 

60 Minutes was aired. Jeffrey MacDonald had been interviewed by Mike Wallace on June 1, 1983 and the interview was  taped for the later airing.  He was not happy
with the questions he was asked by Wallace

April 3, 1984



 

Defense files motion requesting Judge Dupree be recused from the case.

Defense files motion to vacate sentence.

Defense files motion to set aside judgment of conviction.

April 4, 1984

Defense files motion for a new trial.

July 20, 1984

 

Jeffrey MacDonald files a civil suit against author Joe McGinniss for  damages, fraud, breach of contract, breach of the covenant of  good faith and fair dealing, and intentional infliction of emotional  distress. Demand for jury trial.

November 18 - 19, 1984

Fatal Vision the mini-series was aired on NBC. MacDonald tried to delay the airing since he had a motion pending.

March 1, 1985

Judge Dupree denies all motions for a new trial.

May 31, 1985

Defense appeals Judge Dupree's denial of a new trial.

October 17, 1985
 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on  Judge Dupree's
denial of a new trial.

December 1985

MacDonald is transferred from Bastrop Texas to Black Canyon in Phoenix, Arizona

December 17, 1985
 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Judge Dupree's denial of a new trial
for Jeffrey MacDonald.

October 6, 1986
 

The Supreme Court upholds the Fourth Circuit Court's decision affirming denial of Jeffrey MacDonald's appeal for a new trial.

July 7, 1987
 

The civil trial of Jeffrey MacDonald v. Joe McGinniss begins.
MacDonald is housed at Terminal Island during the trial.

August 21, 1987

The civil trial of Jeffrey MacDonald v. Joe McGinniss ends in a mistrial.

November 23, 1987
 

MacDonald accepts a settlement of $325,000 from McGinniss' insurance company as opposed to retrying the case.

December 1, 1987
 

Mildred Kassab files a lawsuit against Jeffrey MacDonald and his mother regarding the settlement he accepted from Joe McGinniss' insurance company.

December 2, 1988







 

Mildred Kassab offers to settle with MacDonald if the interpleaded funds of $325,000 plus interest be paid two-thirds to her (Mildred Kassab) and
 one-third to Dorothy MacDonald. All parties are to bear their own cost,
fees and expenses. MacDonald declined the offer.

One news story reported "Under terms of the proposed settlement, Mildred Kassab would turn the money -- now impounded by the Los Angeles Superior Court -- over to United Way of America to honor her slain daughter, Colette, and granddaughters Kimberly (sic) and Kristen."

January 1989






 

After a four day trial, Judge Ross decides. The attorney bill was $102,000. Therefore, after the attorney was paid, Dorothy MacDonald would receive $93,000 and Mildred Kassab  $80,000. MacDonald was allowed to keep $50,000.

Had MacDonald not sued McGinniss he would have ended up with much more. But, really he did. Based on copies of canceled checks which I have that were written by Dorothy MacDonald on MacDonald's behalf, he
 got every penny of what Dorothy received.

October 1989

Harvey Silverglate and Alan Dershowitz take on the MacDonald case.

October 19, 1989

Jeffrey MacDonald files a brief seeking relief re: alleged suppression of evidence.

February 10, 1991.
 

Dorothy "Perry" MacDonald, Jeffrey MacDonald's  mother dies.
 She was 71 years old.

March 27, 1991
 

Jeffrey MacDonald becomes eligible for parole. He does not apply, maintaining his innocence, that he wants vindication, not parole.

June 26, 1991

Defense files motion for a new trial.

July 1, 1991

Jeffrey MacDonald is transferred to the Federal Prison in Sheridan Oregon.

July 8, 1991
 

After listening to arguments that MacDonald should be granted a new trial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct, Judge Dupree denied the motion.

October 3, 1991

Defense appeals Judge Dupree's ruling on grounds of judicial bias.

June 2, 1992













 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules against a new trial for MacDonald. Citing that "In 1983-84, in preparation for MacDonald's first collateral appeal, counsel requested and received copies of investigation files from the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Department of Justice, and the FBI. The files contained lab notes of CID Chemist Janice Glisson describing the blond synthetic hairs and lab notes reflecting the presence of black and green wool fibers. All documents were date stamped upon receipt by MacDonald's counsel, providing evidence that these particular lab notes were actually received in 1983-84. In fact, that portion of Janet Glisson's lab notes discussing the blond synthetic hair was tagged and annotated by defense counsel, showing that a member of the defense team had at least seen and considered the evidence. These are the same documents which present counsel for MacDonald now introduces as newly discovered evidence."
Finding that MacDonald's second habeas petition constitutes an abuse of the writ, and affirming the district court's order denying the petition.

November 30, 1992
 

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review the Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals decision.

January 19, 1994
 

Mildred Kassab, Colette Stevenson MacDonald's  mother dies.
She was 77 years old.

October 24, 1994
 

Alfred "Freddy" Kassab, Colette Stevenson MacDonald's stepfather dies.
He was 73 years old.

February 1995

 

Fatal Justice was published by Jerry Potter and Fred Bost, two of Jeffrey MacDonald's supporters. It took them 15 years and still the book was filled
with misquotes and proven false information.

December 17, 1995
 

Judge Dupree dies after a bout with cancer.
He was 84 years old
.

April 22, 1997








 

Defense files an appeal seeking to have the 1990 petition  reopened on the ground that the government submitted to the Court affidavits of FBI Special Agent Michael P. Malone which were materially false and misleading concerning facts which were central to the Court's dismissal of the 1990 petition, and to the
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' affirmance of that dismissal, namely, whether
or not certain long blond fibers made from a substance called Saran, found at
the crime  scene, were used in the manufacture of wigs for human cosmetic purposes prior to the time of the crime.

Part of the appeal requests DNA testing of all biological evidence.

April 25, 1997


 

Judge Malcolm Howard recuses himself as Judge Dupree's replacement, citing he helped draft a memorandum for  the prosecution in earlier court proceedings against MacDonald. Judge James C. Fox accepts the  case, signing a statement saying that he can be impartial despite  his friendship with the late Judge Dupree.

April 29, 1997

Judge Fox Denies Defense Motions.

July 31, 1998

Defense Appeals Judge's Fox decision to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

September 8, 1998
 

The Fourth Circuit of Appeals upheld Dr. Fox decision, but allowed
limited DNA testing.

March 23, 1999

Motions Hearing Before the Honorable James C. Fox re: DNA testing.

March 26, 1999

Judge Fox issues order regarding DNA testing.

April 7, 1999

Defense files with the court their choice of labs to perform DNA testing.

December 2000

 

DNA testing began at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. (AFIP)
 This was MacDonald's choice of laboratory to conduct the DNA testing
while requesting the government to pay for the testing.

2001




 

Jeffrey MacDonald is transferred to the Federal Prison in Adelanto, California per his request. He and Kathryn  Kurichh are talking about getting married and the warden suggested that MacDonald request the transfer.

Kathryn would fly to Las Vegas, rent a car and drive to the prison for visits. Shortly thereafter, MacDonald and Kathryn become engaged.

August 30, 2002
 

Jeffrey MacDonald and Kathryn Kurichh are married at the prison
 in Adelanto, California.

February 10, 2003











 

Jeffrey MacDonald and his bride dissolved The Dorothy MacDonald Family Trust and established The MacDonald Family Revocable Discretionary Trust with Jeffrey MacDonald as the Grantor and Jeffrey MacDonald and Kathryn Ann MacDonald as Trustees. I have a copy of this trust. What is in this trust belongs to Jay MacDonald, but it is not being used to benefit his needs. There are two houses that Jay MacDonald paid for himself as well as other assets. As of 2015 Kathryn is threatening to sell one of the houses. Any guesses why?

At the current time, one house is being rented. Jay has left the other one and moved into an apartment. Are you satisfied now Kathryn? The president of the HOA Association is not happy with your drunken communications to them.
You are not paying the HOA, or the insurance. Better pay property taxes
 or  it will be auctioned off for back  taxes owed.

2004

Timothy Junkin joins the defense team.

January 2005








 

MacDonald applies for parole, something he swore he would never do.

Retired U.S. Marshal Jimmy Britt contacted Wade Smith stating he had information on the MacDonald case alleging that he had transported Helena Stoeckley from South Carolina to North Carolina. That Stoeckley had told him she was in the house the night of the murders. That he heard Stoeckley tell Prosecutor James Blackburn the same thing she had told him including being in the house on the night of the murders, and that he heard Blackburn threaten Stoeckley, telling her if she went into court and said that, that she was in the house on the night of the night of the murders, he would prosecute her for murder.

February 24, 2005



 

Retired U.S. Marshal Jimmy Britt gave Wade Smith a statement under oath about the above information. Britt gave one statement under oath, and two affidavits. Britt's recollection of events changed in each affidavit. Things were deleted and added.
Britt's last affidavit was November 5, 2005.

April 27, 2005

Retired U.S. Marshal Jimmy Britt filed for bankruptcy.

May 10, 2005

 

Jeffrey MacDonald attends his first parole hearing. He did not admit to any guilt, maintaining he is factually innocent.
The preliminary decision is MacDonald will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

June 16, 2005


 

The US Parole Commission accepted the recommendation from the hearing examiners. Parole was denied. A reconsideration hearing will be held in
May 2020. MacDonald is entitled to have an interim hearing every two
years, the first one in May, 2007.

November 3, 2005







 

Retired U.S. Marshal Jimmy Britt filed an affidavit alleging that during the time he was transporting Helena Stoeckley from South Carolina to Raleigh, North Carolina as a material witness, she, with no prompting, told him she was  present in the MacDonald home during the attack of Jeffrey MacDonald and the murders of his  wife and children.

That he was present at the request of Prosecutor James Blackburn when he questioned Stoeckley, and that she told Blackburn the same thing. That Blackburn told Stoeckley that if she testified in court to the same, he would prosecute her.

December 2005







 

 Retired U.S. Marshal Lee W. Tart gave an affidavit that Jimmy Britt had told him that he that he transported Helena Stoeckley from South Carolina to North Carolina.

The defense files a motion in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals respectfully requesting a hearing on newly discovered evidence and
constitutional errors.

Hart Miles joins the defense team.

January 2006
 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals grants the defense motion to seek relief
at the District Court level.

January 17, 2006

Jeffrey MacDonald files a 2225 motion in the District Court of North Carolina.

March 2006

 

Jeffrey MacDonald files a motion in the District Court to add an additional predicate to the 2225 motion  to include DNA without obtaining pre-filing authorization.

March 10, 2006




 

DNA results filed with the court. No matches to any hair of Helena Stoeckley or Gregory Mitchell were found.

A hair found in Colette's right hand was her own. The E-5 hair found in Colette's left hand that MacDonald had claimed for years came  from her murderer was matched to Jeffrey MacDonald.

March 22, 2006




 

MacDonald files a motion to add an additional predicate to previously filed motion under 28 U.S.C. section 2255 to vacate his conviction - Namely newly discovered DNA evidence proving the presence of unsourced hair at the crime scene, including one such hair found with blood residue in a critical location, under the fingernail of Kristen MacDonald, and one two inch hair with root and follicle intact found under the body of Colette MacDonald.

March 23, 2006











 

Defense files motion to expand the record to include

(1) Evidence presented at trial.

(2) Evidence previously submitted as exhibits attached to memorandum in support of his motion to vacate his sentence.

(3) Affidavits and evidence previously filed in prior motions to overturn his conviction.

(3)DNA results as set forth in March 10, 2006 report issued by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, with supporting documentation for each relevant DNA specimen.

March 30, 2006
 

The government files a motion to strike exhibits submitted in connection with MacDonald's petition for relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255, and for additional relief.

April 16, 2007




 

The defense files a motion to supplement itemized material by adding the affidavit of Helena Stoeckley's mother. According to said affidavit, Mrs. Stoeckley alleges that her daughter confided to her twice that she was present in the house during the murders. That her daughter tried to tell the truth, but the FBI and other law enforcement officials told her to keep quiet. On the second occasion, she said she was afraid of the prosecutor.

April 16, 2007




 

The defense files a motion to supplement itemized material by adding the affidavit of Helena Stoeckley's mother. According to said affidavit, Mrs. Stoeckley alleges that her daughter confided to her twice that she was present in the house during the murders. That her daughter tried to tell the truth, but the FBI and other law enforcement officials told her to keep quiet. On the second occasion, she said
she was afraid of the prosecutor
.

May 7, 2007

Government files response to defense motion with exhibits.

October 18, 2008

Retired U.S. Marshal Jimmy Britt dies. He was 70 years old.

November 4, 2008



 

Judge Fox denied MacDonald's motion to add additional predicate,
expand the record with itemized evidence and motion to
supplement itemized evidence.

Judge Fox grants the government's motion to strike exhibits.

November 24, 2008




 

The government files a motion to modify Judge Fox's order to reflect Jimmy Britt's claims were not true. To support their request, they filed jail documentation that Helena Stoeckley was housed in the Pickens, South Carolina jail when she was arrested.
 Also filed was documentation from the actual  agents who did the transfers of Stoeckley from Pickens, South Carolina to Raleigh, North Carolina.

December 1, 2008


 

Joseph Zeszotarski joins the defense team.

Defense files motion of opposition to government's motion for publication
and modification

January 9, 2009




 

Judge Fox denies government's motion for modification of his
November 4, 2008 order.

Corrections of specific clerical, non-substantive errors are allowed...

MacDonald's motion for certification of appealability is denied.

February 2, 2009

Helena Stoeckley, Senior dies.

February 12, 2009



 

Timothy D. Junkin and John Moffett request leave of the court to withdraw as counsel for Jeffrey MacDonald.

Judge Fox grants leave to attorneys Timothy Junkin and John Moffett to withdraw from the MacDonald case.

February 19, 2009


 

Defense files motion to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting that the district court's November 4, 2008 order be vacated and that the case be remanded to the district court for entry of an order requiring a new trial, or in the alternative for an evidentiary hearing on MacDonald's 2255 Motion. Oral argument requested.

May 6, 2010

 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denies the government's motion to dismiss MacDonald's appeal. The government and defense were directed to file supplemental briefs.

April 19, 2011

 

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the District Court's November
 4, 2008 decision, remanding back to the District Court with instructions
for considerations.

June 23, 2011


 

Judge Fox issues order re: schedule and notice of hearing for purposes of a
status conference on July 28, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The purpose of the conference is to clarify appropriate procedures, establish deadlines  and explore the parameters of matters on remand from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 15, 2011
 

Defense files motion to continue the July 28, 2011 status conference
for 30-60 days.

July 18, 2011
 

Defense files motion to continue the July 28, 2011 status conference
for 30-60 days.

July 19, 2011
 

Judge Fox grants the defense motion to reschedule the status conference for September 21, 2011.

August 12, 2011
 

Original attorney for Jeffrey MacDonald, Bernard Segal dies.
He was 81 years old.

September 16, 2011

F. Hill Allen files notice of appearance as counsel for Jeffrey MacDonald.

September 20, 2011
 

Defense files a motion for an evidentiary hearing to include live testimony to enable the court's consideration of all the evidence.

September 21, 2011


 

Status conference takes place.

Judge Fox directed the government to respond to MacDonald's motion on or before December 1, 2011.

September 23, 2011
 

Defense files with the court a letter received from U.S. retired Marshal Lee Tart dated August 23, 2010.

September 30, 2011



 

Defense files a motion to continue the evidentiary hearing from October 31, 2011, for 60 days or more.

Motion filed by Hart Miles for leave to withdraw as counsel of record for
Jeffrey MacDonald.

October 3, 2011
 

Judge Fox grants Hart Miles leave to withdraw as counsel of record for
Jeffrey MacDonald.

October 6, 2011




 

Judge Fox grants the defense motion for an extension on the hearing date. He also allows Jeffrey MacDonald to be present at the hearing and directs the United States Attorney to ensure MacDonald's transport, housing and attendance at the evidentiary hearing, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on November 28, 2011, and for as long thereafter, and at such times, as the court deems necessary to the best interest of justice.

October 10, 2011
 

Defense files list of Trial Exhibits for Additional DNA Testing Pursuant to
the IPA items.

October 12, 2011
 

U.S. Attorney files writ to produce Jeffrey MacDonald at the
evidentiary hearing.

October 18, 2011







 

The defense files a motion requesting that a public defender be assigned to represent Jeffrey MacDonald. Citing that the Federal Public Defender, Thomas McNamara for the Eastern District of North Carolina has a conflict in this
matter since he was involved on behalf of the government in the prosecution
 of Jeffrey MacDonald. Jeffrey MacDonald is requesting that  M. Gordon Widenhouse, Jr., be assigned to his case.

Wade Smith and F. Hill Allen filed a motion for leave to withdraw as counsels of record for Jeffrey MacDonald.

October 24, 2011






 

The government files a motion requesting that the defense's motion for appointment of counsel be denied unless he can show that he is without
 counsel and is financially unable to obtain counsel. The government
 further requests that Mr. Allen's motion to withdraw as counsel be
 denied  until the matter of  the defendant's representation is resolved.

Judge
Fox grants leave for Joseph Zeszotarski to withdraw as counsel of record for Jeffrey MacDonald.

October 25, 2011
 

Judge Fox grants leave for Joseph Zeszotarski to withdraw as counsel of record for Jeffrey MacDonald.

November 2011
 

Jeffrey MacDonald is transferred from the federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland and housed in the New Hanover County jail to await evidentiary hearing.

November 1, 2011

Defense files motion requesting to seal Jeffrey MacDonald's financial affidavit.

November 4, 2011
 

Judge Fox grants the defense's motion to seal MacDonald's financial affidavit filed as a proposed sealed document.

November 8, 2011






 

Judge Fox Directed Mr. Allen to assist MacDonald in preparing and filing his affidavit, on or before December 5, 2011.

Additionally, Mr. Allen is DIRECTED to assist MacDonald in obtaining and filing with the court the affidavit of the Administrator of the MacDonald Defense Fund stating the availability of the Fund's assets to reimburse fees paid to an attorney appointed appointed pursuant to the CJA. See 18 U.S.C. 3006A (c), (0. The
Administrator's Affidavit shall be filed on or before December 5, 2011.

November 9, 2011
 

The government files motion for extension of time to file a
response to pending motions.

November 10, 2011



 

Judge Fox grants the government's motion for extension of time to file a response to pending motions.

Defense files affidavits of Jeffrey MacDonald and Raymond Shea per Judge Fox's orders.

November 30 2011

Sue Genrich Berry appointed as public defender for Jeffrey MacDonald.

December 6, 2011
 

Defense files a motion for copy of the trial transcript at the government's expense.

December 7, 2011
 

Judge Fox grants the defense's motion to receive a copy of the trial transcripts at the government's expense.

December 12, 2011
 

The government files response to defense's motion for a new trial pursuant
to 18 U.S.C. 3600.

December 13, 2012
 

Government's response to motion "Request for Hearing"
and additional DNA.

February 5, 2012

 

Jeffrey MacDonald, joined by counsel of record, Sue Genrich Berry, requests leave from the court for Sue Genrich Berry to withdraw as counsel of record and substitute other counsel.

February 6, 2012


 

 Defense files motion to file oversized reply in support of additional DNA testing.

Judge Fox grants defense motion to file oversized reply in support of additional DNA testing.

February 15, 2012

Government's response to defense's motion to substitute counsel.

February 16, 2012
 

Defense files motion for extension of time to reply to government's response to motion entitled "Request for Hearing."

February 17, 2012



 

Defense files reply to government's response to motion for a new trial  pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3600.

Defense files reply to the government response to motion for additional
DNA testing.

February 21, 2012

Judge Fox grants defense's motion for extension of time to file

February 22, 2012

 

Judge Fox grants Sue G. Berry leave to withdraw as counsel of record order and orders for the Federal Public Defender to appoint substitute counsel pursuant
to this district's CJA Plan
.

February 27, 2012

Defense files Jeffrey MacDonald's waiver of court-appointed counsel.

March 1, 2012

 

Judge Fox issues order directing defense to file an affidavit from Jeffrey MacDonald and notice of reimbursement of court appointed Sue Berry
attorney's fee.

March 13, 2012
 

Notice filed of appearance of M. Gordon Widenhouse, Jr., as counsel for
Jeffrey MacDonald.

March 15, 2012

 

Judge Fox issues order to defense to file under seal if appropriate, the affidavit of Raymond A. Shea, Fund Administrator of all pertinent  information as to The MacDonald Defense Fund on or before  March 26, 2012.

March 26, 2012





 

Judge Fox issues order that the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED personally to
deliver to Ms. Mumma at the Clerk's Office in Wilmington, North Carolina, the
box of materials received from MacDonald's former court-appointed counsel
.

Government filed with the Clerk of Court, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina a copy of the 1979 trial transcripts using the CM/ECF system.

March 28, 2012

Defense filed receipt of 1979 trial transcripts received  via the CM/ECF system.

March 30, 2012

Defense files motion to delay evidentiary hearing on the  Britt Issue for 60 days.

April 2, 2012









 

Judge Fox granted the defense motion on the "Britt Claim."
Directs counsel for the government and Mr. Widenhouse to confer and to advise the court within 10 days of said order of their joint preferred dates for the hearing and select one of the two sets of dates proposed herein for MacDonald's evidentiary hearing on the "Britt Claim," and notify the court in writing of their selection, and Ms. Mumma shall file her affidavit stating whether she agrees to a hearing on MacDonald's IPA claim during the week of May 7, 2012, and if not, why not.

Counsel are cautioned that the court does not intend to permit any further delays in this evidentiary hearing.

April 3, 2012

Defense filed unopposed motion to extend time to file reply.

April 4, 2012

Judge Fox grants defense unopposed motion for extension of time to file reply.

April 12, 2012

Government files notice in response to court's order of April 2, 2012.

April 13, 2012
 

Defense files reply to government's response to motion entitled
"Request for Hearing.

April 17, 2012

 

Judge Fox issued order granting leave to the government to file a Sur-reply on or before May 10, 2012 to the defense's "Reply in Support of Motion for Additional DNA Testing" filed February 17, 2012.

April 18, 2012

Judge Fox set Britt Claim hearing date August 20 through 31, 2012.

April 26, 2012

Government files notice of appearance of added counsel, Leslie K. Cooley.

May 10, 2012
 

Government files Sur-reply with exhibits to the defense's motion for additional DNA testing.

June 8, 2012




 

Judge Fox issues an order setting conditions for oral argument 2255 unsourced hair claims.
Also stating "To be clear, no additional DNA or other scientific testing of any physical evidence will be permitted prior to this court's conducting the
evidentiary hearing. MacDonald has requested and the court of
appeals  has mandated on his 2255 motion."

July 5, 2012


 

Defense files motion to extend time to file joint proposed schedule.

Government files response to defense's motion to extend time to file joint proposed schedule.

July 6, 2012



 

Judge Fox issues order denying defense's motion  for extension of time to file joint proposed schedule.

 Government submits joint proposed schedule in accordance with this court's orders filed June 8, 2012 and July 6, 2012.

July 13, 2012
 

Defense files motion to continue evidentiary hearing
with exhibit.

July 16, 2012


 

Government's response to defense's motion to continue
evidentiary hearing.

Judge Fox grants defense's motion to continue evidentiary hearing.

August 20, 2012





 

U.S. Attorney requests the U.S. Marshal of the Eastern District of North Carolina to produce Jeffrey MacDonald at the U.S. District court in Wilmington, North Carolina at 9:30 a.m., on September 17, 2012 or an at time thereafter as needed.

Note: Jeffrey was transferred from federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland in 2011 and returned due to defense requesting multiple motions for continuations of the evidentiary hearing.

September 4, 2012



 

Christine C. Mumma, Executive Director, N.C. Center on Actual Innocence files CLARIFICATION OF NOTICE OF APPEARANCE. She is  not counsel of record
 for the Jeffrey MacDonald's pending 2255 claims and will not represent
 him at the evidentiary hearing currently scheduled for the week of
September 17, 2012.

September 6, 2012
 

Judge Fox issues parameters that will be implemented during the evidentiary hearing.

September 7, 2012







 

Defense files unopposed motion to extend joint schedule from September 10, 2012 to September 12, 2012.

Judge Fox granted the defense's unopposed motion to extend the
deadline for the filing of the Joint Schedule from September 10, 2012,
to September 12, 2012.


Defense files notice of appearance of Keith A. Williams, P.A.
on behalf of Jeffrey MacDonald.

September 7, 2012

Government files motion requesting to seal docket entry no. 286.

September 13, 2012

Judge Fox denies government motion to seal docket entry 286.

September 14, 2012



 

Government files motion to withdraw motion to seal docket
entry no. 286.

Judge Fox grants government's motion to withdraw motion to seal docket
entry no. 286

September 15, 2012

 Corrected proposed joint pre-hearing order pursuant to L.R. 16. 1(c)

September 17, 2012

U.S. v. Jeffrey MacDonald evidentiary hearing begins.

September 20, 2012



 

Judge Fox ordered that Jerry Leonard submit to the court, under seal, a signed affidavit setting forth that which he may testify to regarding his communications with Helena Stoeckley, if so ordered to testify in this matter.

Affidavit of Attorney Jerry W. Leonard (submitted under seal)

September 24, 2012

Affidavit of Jerry W. Leonard is unsealed and published.

September 27, 2012

Judge Fox order memorializes orders entered at conclusion of September
25, 2012 evidentiary hearing.

October 5, 2012

Defense files request for evidentiary hearing transcripts
at the expense of the government.

December 19, 2012
 

Government files unopposed request for corrections to evidentiary hearing transcripts.

December 21, 2012
 

Judge Fox grants government's unopposed request for corrections to evidentiary hearing transcripts.

 

 

 


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