Former prosecutor says Stoeckley didn’t confess

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FILE - In this 1969 file photo provided by Kathryn MacDonald shows Jeffrey MacDonald, right, and his wife Colette in Fort Bragg, N.C. MacDonald's pregnant wife and two young daughters were murdered in 1970, and MacDonald was convicted of the crimes. On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, MacDonald is scheduled to appear in federal court for a hearing about new evidence in the case. (AP Photo/Kathryn MacDonald, File)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — One of the prosecutors in the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial says a key witness didn’t confess to taking part in the 1970 murders.

Former prosecutor Jack Crawley confirmed Thursday much of what Jim Blackburn had testified previously. Blackburn testified Wednesday that Helena Stoeckley never told prosecutors that she was involved, and he denied making threats.

Crawley said he was present at the prosecution’s meeting with Stoeckley.

MacDonald’s wife, Colette, and their two daughters, 5-year-old Kimberley and 2-year-old Kristen, were beaten and stabbed to death in February 1970. MacDonald says intruders broke into his home, including a woman who chanted “acid is groovy, kill the pigs.”

The hearing is based on two new types of evidence: DNA results on three hairs and a statement from a former deputy U.S. marshal.

Source: The Associated Press