Spinner even suggested that it was possible there was no rape, but rather that Eastburn and Hennis had consensual sex a couple days before she and her children were murdered by some other unknown person or persons.
This morning, after about three hours of deliberation, the jury panel of 14 Army officers and non-commissioned officers rejected the defense argument and found Hennis guilty on three specifications of premeditated murder.
When it was announced that the jury was returning to the courtroom with a verdict, several military police entered the courtroom. Hennis turned to his wife, Angela, sitting directly behind him, and took her hand, holding on for a few moments.
The jury entered. Hennis and his defense attorneys stood. And the verdict was read.
Hennis had no obvious reaction, but his wife began sobbing.
Across the courtroom sat Kathryn Eastburn's elderly parents next to her husband, Gary Eastburn, and his only surviving daughter, Jana, who was an infant and in the house when her mother and sisters died.
After the verdict, they cried and hugged prosecutors, some of whom also were in tears.
This evening, Hennis was ordered into confinement. As his wife looked on, MPs escorted him from the Ft. Bragg military courthouse in handcuffs.
As Hennis walked to a van waiting to take him to the Fort Bragg Detention Cell, he turned and smiled, seemingly in his wife's direction.