Jeffrey MacDonald 'Fatal Vision' Murder Case to Get TV Remake


The murder of the family of former Army doctor Jeffrey MacDonald is again getting the television treatment.

According to the Deadline Hollywood website, Scott Foley will play Army Capt. MacDonald in a two-hour TV "Fatal Vision" movie to air on the Investigation Discovery channel. No date was given for the showing.

MacDonald was convicted in 1979 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1970 murders of his wife, Colette, and daughters, Kimberly, 5, and Kristen, 2. Colette was pregnant with the couple's third child.

The three were found murdered on Feb. 17, 1970, inside their Fort Bragg home after MacDonald called military police.

MacDonald, who was wounded, told police his wife and daughters were murdered by an intruder whom he had to fight off.

MacDonald was charged with the murders, but an Army Article 32 hearing that October ended with a recommendation that charges be dismissed.

After the dismissal, MacDonald returned to civilian life and worked as a doctor. However, MacDonald's stepfather-in-law, Freddie Kassab, grew to disbelieve MacDonald's account of the murders and began accumulating evidence against him.

In 1975, a North Carolina grand jury indicted MacDonald on murder charges. After several delays, a trial began in July 1979 with MacDonald pleading not guilty. He was convicted in August and given three life sentences.

MacDonald, who remains in prison, has consistently claimed his innocence, but his appeals have been denied.

The Investigation Discovery movie marks the second time the MacDonald case has been dramatized for TV. A 1984 "Fatal Vision" miniseries -- based on the best-selling book by Joe McGinnis -- starred Gary Cole as MacDonald and Karl Malden as Kassab.

Foley stars in the TV series "Scandal" and has appeared in shows including "Grey's Anatomy" and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."

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