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`Fatal Vision’ writer testifies in MacDonald case

Jeffrey MacDonald, right, appears in federal court in Wilmington in this Aug. 28, 1979 file photo. (AP)

Jeffrey MacDonald, right, appears in federal court in Wilmington in this Aug. 28, 1979 file photo. (AP)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The author who wrote the book “Fatal Vision” about the murders of the pregnant wife and two daughters of former Green Beret doctor Jeffrey MacDonald says he never heard a woman admit to participating in the killings.

Author Joe McGinniss testified Friday in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, where MacDonald is trying to get a new trial on his conviction of killing his family in February 1970 in their Fort Bragg apartment. He was convicted in 1979.

McGinniss testified he sat in on meetings between MacDonald’s lawyers and Helena Stoeckley, who had told people she was in the apartment. She testified, however, that she didn’t remember where she was that night.

MacDonald has said four intruders killed his family, including a woman who chanted “acid is groovy, kill the pigs.”

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