Former Belhaven Chief, Ex-Wife Indicted On Murder Charges

A grand jury in Onslow County has indicted the former Belhaven police chief and his ex-wife on murder charges.

George Hayden and Vickie Babbitt were arrested last year for the 1972 murder.
The two are charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the death of Marine Sergeant William Miller, who was Babitt's husband and the time.

Assistant district attorney Ernie Lee says they will be arraigned during the week of April 20th.


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  • by Wayln Hall Location: Salem va on Apr 22, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    April torres,, We need to here more about this case ,, she was beatn to death
  • by DMF Location: Belhaven on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    It's fascinating to read the 40 watt bulb Constitutional Law experts trying to remind us all of the presumption of innocense. As to matters of law, this is a right the state is bound to protect. It was never meant to restrain people from forming and expressing opinions. The Constitution is about restrictions on the State, not people, and people have a right to believe these people are guilty as sin, and to presume from this from the weight of events - yes they have the right to be wrong, as well. If they eventually serve on a jury, the defendants have a right to make a case for change of venue, though if people were taught basic civics any longer a potential juror out to be willing to suspend their opinions until charged with weighing the facts. Are prosecutors suppressing evidence? Yes, that happens, a lot, and like plea bargaining, needs reform. What needed more is for the legislature to adequately fund Justice and Public Safety.
  • by DJ on Apr 10, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    If beliefs and accusations proved a person was guilty, If opinions, gossip and revenge proved a person was guilty, If an arrest proved a person was guilty, If an arraignment proved a person was guilty, If a probable cause hearing proved a person was guilty, If a bond hearing proved a person was guilty, If an indictment proved a person was guilty, If a discovery hearing proved a person was guilty, If another arraignment hearing proved a person was guilty, Then where is justice? Where, in the process above, has the accused been heard and judged by a jury of his/her peers? Where are the rights guaranteed to all citizens of this country by our country’s constitution?
  • by No A Judge on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Some people are out for blood and will stop at nothing to get it. Do your self a favor by not trying to play hangman. Very few of you even know anyone involved in this. So be nice and get down from that throne of yours, who are you to judge? Don't believe every thing you hear or read folks, you are adults and should know better.
  • by Justice Not Revenge on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    Mike, You are 100% right about the police and prosecutors have many times not presented evidence to the Grand Jury that would have shown the person NOT GUILTY and blown their whole case. I don't know how you look at it but I think it is a out and out lie on their part, there have been a lot of people wrongly tried because of that reason. Mike try not to forget the fat lady OK.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Apr 9, 2009 at 03:12 AM
    "Posted by: The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM The person who posted as "Law School 101" gave an adequate description of the process. Just to clarify, the grand jury chooses to indict when they feel that it will be a strong case in the court of law. For instance, if the DA/prosecutor wouldn't have a chance of convicting someone, then it wouldn't make it through. After hearing all sides of the case, the petit jury will decide guilt or innocence. Then, the judge will make the decision known. This is something that every adult American citizen should know." "Posted by: Justice Not Revenge. on Apr 8, 2009 at 02:05 PM Mike, like you say, it ain't over til the fat lady sings and I know the fat lady and she sings the song of justice not revenge." Everyone should also keep in mind that the police and prosecutors have many times not presented evidence to the Grand Jury that would have shown the person NOT GUILTY and blown their whole case.
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    How about all the other cases Witn reports on.It seems if George passes gas it makes the 6oclock news.April torres was brutally beaten to death last year,yet we havent had an update,or how about the lorreen murder,or are we just gonna leave him in mexico.All im asking for is equall coverage.Haydens alleged crime was 30 years ago for crying out loud.If hed just let the drug dealers be he wouldnt be in this mess.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    http://miraclesstillhappen36yearslater.blogspot.com/ does not have no updates on it.
  • by Jayne on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    It seems the black widow is loosing her web and is about to be stepped on. See more updates on this case at: http://miraclesstillhappen36yearslater.blogspot.com/
  • by Justice Not Revenge. on Apr 8, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    Mike, like you say, it ain't over til the fat lady sings and I know the fat lady and she sings the song of justice not revenge.
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