Cold-Case Trial Looms For Ex-Wife Of Slain Marine

Thirty-seven years after a Marine sergeant was shot dead in North Carolina, his ex-wife and two men face trial on murder and conspiracy charges.

William Miller was found dead on a road near Camp Lejeune in 1972. The case remained unsolved until Miller's sister contacted a newspaper reporter looking into cold cases. The resulting stories uncovered new information.

Miller's ex-wife Vickie Babbitt is scheduled to go to trial in March. George Hayden and Rodger Gill also are charged with murder and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say Hayden shot Miller after Babbitt lured him to a secluded road. It happened after Miller came back from a year in Japan and found his wife living with Hayden.

Lawyers for the three people charged either declined comment or did not return calls.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:54 PM
  • by craziness afoot Location: havelock on Dec 31, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    I am engaged to a Marine plus I served in the corps. I've always looked at it like this: If you can't handle being alone for months at a time with not being able to hear from your spouse sometimes for days at a time.....don't marry into the military. Its a rough life on families, but its families that stand next to each other and be strong together that make it. This is why the divorce rate in the the military is exceedingly high and is climbing every day. This woman obviously could not handle the lifestyle of her husband being gone. I have learned there are other ways of occupying your time than trying to find a replacement while your spouse is gone to Japan for a year. My fiancee is leaving for Japan for a 1 year tour in a few months. I already have my plan of action in place and it doesn't involve another man. It's women like this that give military wives a bad name.
  • by who knows on Dec 30, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    i would like to know the whole story and the reasoning behind it all as well. larry, i think the 'dead guy' japan, so he wasnt there for a whole year. this happens alot, people just get tired of being alone. i say just divorce a person, dont kill them, if you cant handle being married to the military!
  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    Was the Dead Guy abusive? we dont hear much about him except he beat up Hayden at the time. did he beat her as well? is that why she didnt want him?
  • by anonymous Location: kinston on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    I sure hope they were better looking back then than they do now
  • by Tracy Location: lebanon, missouri on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    my jaw droped when i saw this about hayden. i knew him for years as the cheif of police in belhaven, nc
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    She must have been worth killing for many years ago. Wow, have times changed. Bet he wouldn't do it now for her!!! Funny thing, they didn't even stay together! Idiots.

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