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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  • by Jenks23 Location: Raleigh on Jun 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    First, he may or may not be guilty. Second do you really think your opinion matters? He was found guilty in one court of law by a jury. He had the conviction overturned by another court of law. Now the State Supreme Court will decide the matter. As for Hypocrite, you obviously have no real clue what you are talking about! There are many LEO's that have degrees! Not quite sure where there is a 6 week course, but the one I went through was 4 months, Mon-Fri & some weekends. The "Justice" System is jacked! Many who are guilty walk away & many who are not guilty go to prison. It isn't up to the LEO, outside of the initial investigation/collection of evidence, on whether a person is convicted or not. It is up to a Judge & or a jury.
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      by Two Cents on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:51 PM in reply to Jenks23
      Dear Jenks23, does my opinion matter? Well of course it does, come election time :O). And, those who are guilty walk away because our District Attorneys offer too many lucritive deals. Finally, unless you have some statistics you would like to reference specifically, "your opinion" does not matter to me.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to Two Cents
        So let me get this straight. Every person you have ever voted for has done everything according to what you want??? I have voted for many people, some who have been elected & some who haven't, yet even those who were elected didn't always do things that my opinion thought was correct! Do you always believe every decision a jury of someone's peers hands down? I know of cases where I was pretty certain they were guilty yet a jury of their peers didn't find it that way. As I said in my initial line, he may be guilty, I do not know one way or the other, but the Justice System is in place for a reason. I do not always agree with their decisions, but in the end, it doesn't matter if I do or not. If both of the above always work out in your favor, perhaps you should run for Office... Finally, I really do not care if my opinion matters to you or not! I didn't give it looking for your approval & am not in the least bit upset that what I said doen't matter to you!
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      by Hypocrite on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:18 PM in reply to Jenks23
      I was not talking about the LEO's with night degrees. However, some of them are the biggest yahoos around. I said some; so if you respond with an attitude, then you or yours must be one with a yahoo problem. If you are not, then you should be fine. There are just as many liars, dishonesty and crookedness in LEO's ranks as the general public, and in the nonLEO system.
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        by jenks23 on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:12 AM in reply to Hypocrite
        Well I have read the post from you that I commented on again just to ensure I did not miss something. I do not see anywhere in your comment where you said "some." I am not in Civilian LE anymore, however I know several of them that have degrees. Obviously not all of them do b/c it is not a requirement. Yes there are "some" LEO's that give the profession a bad name, there is no need even trying to argue against that point! That is very unfortunate! Those #'s, in my opinion, are far less than the ones who do their job according to the law they are sworn to uphold with passion & integrity everyday.
  • by Two Cents Location: Belhaven on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Wait a minute, this man was convicted by a jury of his peers who obviously heard testimony and saw enough evidence to convict him. Now the higher court says, there was not enough evidence. This is a good example of how our state is wasting tax money. If there was not enough evidence: why did a grand jury indict him?; why did a jury find him guilty?; why did the sitting judge sentence him? I was not in the courtroom, but from all of the evidence in newspapers, etc., I believe he is guilty of this crime.
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      by No Evidence on Jun 20, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to Two Cents
      What does it take to make people understand that the prosecutor had not one piece of evidence against George Hayden.
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        by bo on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:27 PM in reply to No Evidence
        How do you know if there was no evidence seeing you were not in the courtroom? Seems sad to me that a jury that finds this man guilty evidently doesn't matter, only afew judges decide otherwise. Why bother having a jury trial?
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        by Jake on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:04 PM in reply to No Evidence
        Well..what evidence do you have he is so innocent??
  • by Hypocrite on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    Whenever a guy with a GED and a BLET arrests someone and then that person gets released, the "Law Enforcement Officer" always will yell, "The dang liberal lawyers and judges let a crook go"! Whenever a cop gets arrested these same reds with a GED and a BLET always yell "Justice" and "Rights" and "Innocence" and "Innocent till proven guilty". There is a reason they don't graduate from high school and get a GED and take a six week BLET, get a badge and a gun (Yeeee, BOY!!!) and call themselves educated "Officers". They believe in two justice systems. And they don't have the brains to understand why it is hypocritical.
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      by Myself on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to Hypocrite
      sounds like someone wasn't cut out for BLET......
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        by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Myself
        You got me Columbo
  • by disgusted on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    I'm not saying he's guilty or innocnet,I for one, was not there when the trigger was pilled, but how is it that he gets such swift justice and there R people in prison who say they R innocent and it takes YEARS to get their cases heard?? I'm just saying!
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      by Jake on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to disgusted
      Good question.he had this conviction overturned two weeks after his year was up..what about all the supposed backlogs in the court system?
  • by Law Dawg Location: ENC on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:16 PM
    He probably did it. But it is the burden of the state to have enough evidence to send someone to prison for life. If he goes, she should go. The circumstances back then are not a feather in his cap, but evidence? I think not....
  • by Local Citizen Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    The man should be out...No evidence, no case, bottem line. Case closed.
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      by concerned citizen on Jun 17, 2011 at 04:55 PM in reply to Local Citizen
      I agree !!!
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      by Justice on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:48 PM in reply to Local Citizen
      If hes ultimately found not guilty, then the state and everyone who is responsible for sending him to prison should pay his attorney fees, for his time spent in jail, and for slandering his name.
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        by Boo boo on Jun 18, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to Justice
        Ultimately he was found guilty by 12 jurors and as far as attorney fees you NC people have all ready paid for his defense....maybe you all should be looking to get paid back. I think Hayden has already did a good job of wrecking his own name.I read he got fired from the force before he was arrested for this crime. You see one can fool some of the people some of the time but not everybody all the time.
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          by Joe on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:34 PM in reply to Boo boo
          Thank God somebody has it right!
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      by dan on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to Local Citizen
      No evidence, no case, case closed? I wonder if you would feel the same way if it had been your brother who was shot like a dog. Were you at the trial? Did you hear the evidence?
  • by Sue Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    Wow, all I can say is that I hope they have more evidence than just that he was having an affair with the man's wife and that they got married later.... I have seen no mention in any of the stories of any other piece of evidence at all.
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      by Jake on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to Sue
      Are you kidding me? more evidence than an affair with his wife. I guess you have not followed any facts, that was a small part of the evidence, too bad you don't more of the evidence to make a decision on.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Tennessee on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Come on people, Mr. Hayden MIGHT of committed the crime over 38 years ago but he has been a well respected man all these years with no problems. He has been a good husband and father as well as police officer all these years. He deserves to be out of prison just like the woman who was involved is out enjoying her life. There is a lot of people in this world that has murdered more than once and still out doing the same thing. They need to be putting these crackheads in prison because they are out committing crimes everyday just to get money to get high. The law needs to be more concerned about what's happening now than what happened almost 40 years ago. Mr. Hayden, hang in there, hope they let you go soon.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      Concerned citizen.....can't be too concerned with logic like that.......you want a murder out free, just because it was almost 40 years ago, not to mention he committed the ultimate sin?!? Wow I'm glad you're in Tennessee and FAR-FROM-ME Murder is Murder...justice must be served....
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        by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM in reply to
        blasphemy is the highest sin, not murder.
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          by what on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:36 PM in reply to
          Maybe you should read scripture abit better.
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        by concerned citizen on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:01 PM in reply to
        There are a lot of people walking the streets everyday who are more of a threat to harm you than George Hayden. If he had been tried 38 years ago he would be out now. They didn't have proof then and they don't have enough proof now to keep him.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      Speak for yourself on Hayden being well-respected.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to
        Yeah and concerned citizen needs to speak for himself on his opinion of Hayden being a "good" police officer!
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        by Jane on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM in reply to
        Ya, well respected citizen? he was fired from his police position under questionable circumstances..
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      by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      You said, "just like the woman who was involved"! Like involved in the murder!! You just pretty much fessed up he committed the murder!!! Has he told you something?
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      by Buster on Jun 18, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to Concerned Citizen
      come on people, murder is murder regardless of the amount of times you do it or how long ago it was committed...Geeez it's amazing how people try to justify things to make them selves feel better. How ignorant!!
  • by Candy Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    He should remain in jail FOREVER!
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      by yes on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:51 PM in reply to Candy
      Hey Candy, you are right, keep George behind bars forever. I am sure the victim, Mr. Miller would agree wholeheartedly.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    So the murderer stays behind bars--for now.
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