Supreme Court Keeps George Hayden In Prison

The State Supreme Court has agreed to keep the former Belhaven police chief behind bars as prosecutors appeal the overturning of his murder conviction.

Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee says the high court allowed a temporary stay in releasing George Hayden from prison.

On Tuesday Attorney General Roy Cooper filed documents asking the higher court to prevent the release of Hayden while the case is reviewed. Hayden could have been released from prison June 27 without the stay.

Lee said the stay will keep Hayden in prison until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case or not.

A jury convicted Hayden in May 2010 in the killing of Marine Sgt. William Miller. Prosecutors presented new evidence to revive the cold case.

The state Court of Appeals ruled June 7 that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence for the conviction.

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.


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The attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to review the reversal of the first-degree murder conviction of a former Eastern Carolina police chief for the 1972 death of a Marine.

Attorney General Roy Cooper also filed documents Tuesday asking the higher court to prevent the release of former Belhaven police chief George Hayden while the case is reviewed. Hayden could be released from prison June 27 without a stay.

A jury convicted Hayden in May 2010 in the killing of Marine Sgt. William Miller. Prosecutors presented new evidence to revive the cold case.

The state Court of Appeals ruled June 7 that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence for the conviction.

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.


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