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Jeffrey MacDonald, accused in the slaying of his (Credit: Handout)

Jeffrey MacDonald, accused in the slaying of his wife and two daughters, goes to a hearing on the charges against him in Fort Bragg, N.C. (July 7, 1970)

Jeffrey MacDonald convicted for triple murder

A savage triple murder from four decades ago will be revisited this week as Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Green Beret who grew up in Patchogue, gets a federal court hearing on another bid to vacate his conviction for killing his pregnant wife and two children.

Colette and Jeffrey MacDonald on their wedding day.
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Colette and Jeffrey MacDonald on their wedding day. Colette was 26 and pregnant when she was killed on Feb. 17, 1970.

Kimberly MacDonald, 5, was one of the two
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Kimberly MacDonald, 5, was one of the two daughters of Jeffrey MacDonald who was killed Feb. 17, 1970. (1969)

Jeffrey MacDonald, accused in the slaying of his
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Jeffrey MacDonald, accused in the slaying of his wife and two daughters, goes to a hearing on the charges against him in Fort Bragg, N.C. (July 7, 1970)

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Jeffrey MacDonald, who grew up in Patchogue, is
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Jeffrey MacDonald, who grew up in Patchogue, is serving three life sentences in the Federal Correctional Institution at Sheridan, Ore.

Jeffrey MacDonald, right, accused in the deaths of
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Jeffrey MacDonald, right, accused in the deaths of his wife and two children, chats with his father-in-law, Alfred Kassab of Stony Brook, outside a hearing room in Fort Bragg, N.C. Kassab at first believed MacDonald, but later changed his mind and pressured federal officials to indict him. (Aug. 11, 1970)

Jeffrey MacDonald, left, and his attorney Bernard Segal
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Jeffrey MacDonald, left, and his attorney Bernard Segal leave federal court in Raleigh, N.C., where they are attempting to get MacDonald's murder trial moved to Los Angeles. (May 5, 1975)

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