Supreme Court Rejects Hayden Getting Out Of Prison

The state Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its order keeping a former Eastern Carolina police chief in prison.

Earlier this month the Court of Appeals threw out George Hayden's 2010 conviction for the 1972 murder of Marine Sgt. Bill Miller. The state is appealing that to the Supreme Court and wants Hayden to remain in prison until the high court decides whether it will hear the case or not.

Investigators said Hayden was having an affair with Miller's wife at the time that Miller was killed. After Miller's death, the two were married.

Once out of the Marine Corps, Hayden became a police officer and was eventually police chief in Belhaven and Cape Carteret.

District Attorney Ernie Lee says he's pleased with the Supreme Court decision. "The victim’s family waited 38 years for the jury’s verdict of guilty and this office spent many months locating and interviewing witnesses and preparing the case for trial," said Lee. "I hope the Supreme Court will review the Court of Appeals decision to reverse this case."

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  • by Polly Pocket Location: NC on Jul 1, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    Something shady going on here....Hmmm maybe a favor owed to Hayden or is some people looking for a pay off if he gets out? Something stinks....
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      by deb on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:25 PM in reply to Polly Pocket
      I was actually wondering if one of the judges knew George Hayden seeing he was the Chief of Police at one time. A judge found to have enough evidence to have a trial and a jury found his guilty, so how can this be happening? Why bother having trials?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    I do not understand how a panel of 3 judges can change a verdict of a jury of 12 without some type error in the trial. The jury said there was enough evidence to convict him, 3 judges said there was not.
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      by Ohio on Jul 10, 2011 at 06:54 AM in reply to
      You would not understand if some one told YOU

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