Important Events in the Life of Jeffrey MacDonald


September 8, 1972 U.S. Attorney Warren Coolidge tells the Justice Department that he is declining to prosecute Jeffrey MacDonald
October 5, 1972 The Justice Department persuades the CID to secretly re-enter the case and continue to investigate MacDonald.
December 21, 1973 Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen writes the CID stating the case against MacDonald is too weak to prosecute. He cites "the exculpatory character of some of the evidence together with the total lack of evidence as to possible motive."
January 14, 1974 Capt. Brian Murtagh prepares a draft letter for the signature of his boss, Col. Tufts, to the Justice Dept., challenging the refusal to prosecute Jeff MacDonald.  Col. Tuft does not sign.
March 4, 1974 Alfred Kassab writes Col. Tufts, stating he intends to file his own personal criminal complaint against Jeff.
April 30, 1974 Alfred Kassab, Peter Kearns, and attorney Richard Cahn present a citizen's complaint against Jeffrey MacDonald to US Chief District Court Judge Algernon Butler, requesting the convening of a grand jury.
Summer, 1974 Attorney Victor Worheide accepts the case for the purpose of a grand jury hearing.  Brian Murtagh asks to be assigned to the case, as does Judge Franklin Dupree, a subordinate judge.
August 12, 1974 A grand jury is convened in Raleigh, N.C.  Jeffrey MacDonald waives his rights and appears for 5 days as the first witness.
January 21, 1975 MacDonald waives his rights a second time and appears again before the grand jury.
January 24, 1975 Jeffrey MacDonald is indicted on three counts of murder, 24 days before the statue of limitations would take effect.  Jeff is arrested and confined in the Orange County, CA jail.
January 31, 1975 Friends of Jeff MacDonald make the $100,000 bail, putting up their homes as collateral.
May 23, 1975 Jeff is arraigned, pleads not guilty.
May, 1975 Requests for change of venue and a new judge are denied.  Judge Dupree will preside over the trial by jury, and Brian Murtagh has been allowed to resign his Army commission to accept a post in the Justice Department to prosecute the MacDonald case.
January 26, 1976 The 4th Circuit Cout of Appeals dismisses all charges against Jeff MacDonald on the grounds that a speedy trial has been denied.
May 1, 1978 The Supreme Court reverses the lower court's decision, stating that a trial must be held before a speedy trial complaint becomes valid.
March  19, 1979 The Supreme Court dclines to hear arguments regarding MacDonald's "double jeopardy" complaint.
June 18, 1979 The Long Beach Police Association hosts a $100 per plate dinner to raise money for Jeff's defense.
July 16, 1979 Jeffrey MacDonald goes on trial for murder in Raleigh, NC.
August 29, 1979 Jeffrey MacDonald is convicted of the murders of Colette, Kimberley and Kristen.
October 4, 1979 Jeff is denied bail and completes a cross-country trip via bus to the federal prison at Terminal Island in Long Beach, CA
August 22. 1980 The Fourth Circuit court dismisses all charges against Jeff MacDonald, based on the speedy trial issue.
November 1, 1980 Jeff returns to work at St. Mary Medical Center, where his job and office have been kept waiting for him.
March, 1982 Jeff is engaged to Randi Markwith, a volunteer at the hospital.
March 31, 1982 The Supreme Court reverses the speedy trial win.  Jeff is rearrested and returned to prison.
August 27, 1982 Jeff is moved from the prison in Long Beach to Bastrop Texas.  His engagement to Randi ends.


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