Ex-Police Chief Released From Prison

A former Eastern Carolina police chief who was sentenced to life in prison for murder is now a free man.

The Department of Correction says George Hayden was released from prison just after midnight Friday. Hours earlier the North Carolina Supreme Court decided not to hear the Attorney General's appeal of his conviction being overturned.

Hayden was released from the Marion Correctional Institution at 12:04 a.m. Saturday and the D.O.C. website says his current location is Beaufort County.

Hayden was fired as Belhaven's police chief on an unrelated matter six months before he was arrested for murder. An Onslow County jury convicted Hayden with the first degree murder of Bill Miller. Prosecutors say in 1972 Hayden killed the Marine because of a love triangle. After Miller's death, Hayden married Miller's wife.

Hayden had also been police chief in Cape Carteret.

Hayden’s police certification has been inactive since Belhaven fired him in March 2008. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office says Hayden would have to meet training requirements in order to become re-certified, and the Criminal Justice Training & Standards Commission would look at the facts of the case to evaluate his eligibility for certification.

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The State Department of Correction says a former police chief convicted of murder should be released from prison this weekend.

A North Carolina Supreme Court decision puts into motion the release of George Hayden, former police chief of Belhaven.

Hayden was found guilty last year in Onslow County for the 1972 murder of William Miller. But that conviction was overturned this summer by the State Court of Appeals, and now the state's highest court has refused to hear an appeal by the Attorney General.

Hayden's former attorney says that means he should soon be released from state prison. DOC spokesman Keith Acree tells WITN News that they have the paperwork and Hayden should be released this weekend. He is currently imprisoned at the Marion Correctional Institution in the western part of the state.

Hayden was dismissed in an unrelated matter as chief of Belhaven six months before his October 2008 arrest for Miller's murder. He had also been chief at Cape Carteret.

Prosecutors had claimed Hayden was involved in a love triangle with Miller's wife, whom he married after the Marine's death.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    you mean tim buck two?
  • by coltrain Location: wenona on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Welcome HOME!!!!! Have a wonderful life with your loving wife...(Jane)... Enjoy every loving moment that the two of you have together.
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      by TENBUCK2 on Oct 12, 2011 at 04:24 AM in reply to coltrain
      It is amazing how ashame people are to use their real name
  • by Here Location: Belhaven on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    Welcome home Chief!
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      by me on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:32 PM in reply to Here
      he's not the chief--he was fired...
  • by me Location: enc on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    George testified under oath that he was having sex with the soldier's wife while the soldier was fighting for our country. Sounds like a snake in the grass to me....
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      by TC on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:26 PM in reply to me
      @me, the last I remember George never took the stand to testify.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    What a waste of our tax dollars. If he was going to be let out after being found guilty they should have just skipped the trial and saved the money. Our brilliant government.
  • by neighbor Location: Jacksonville on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    To Using Common Sense: You are 100% right, however he was found Guilty and he is. The court of appeals just called the grand jury and the jury that convicted irrational people. What a slap in the face.
  • by onebadcase Location: rocky mount on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    I don't think WITN should allow people to post Anonymously if you've got something to say that is worth you saying you should not mind attaching your name.... and it's always the anonymous posters that have nothing but negative commoents
    • reply
      by Alias on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to onebadcase
      So using an alias better than posting Anonymously?
    • reply
      by Sipowicz on Oct 10, 2011 at 01:26 PM in reply to onebadcase
      So are we to assume that "onebadcase" is you name? You know what they say about glass houses......
    • reply
      by confused on Oct 10, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to onebadcase
      I suppose that is why you used 'onebadcase', huh? Grow up.
    • reply
      by TC on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:22 PM in reply to onebadcase
      Onebadcase you have onebadmind if you think onebadcase is your real name.
  • by 2ndstpirate Location: 2nd street on Oct 10, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    If he was not guilty of this, he was guilty of something else.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to 2ndstpirate
      @2ndstpirate, We are all guilty of something, so try real hard to get over it.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Oct 8, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    Wonder will his lawyer talk to GOD?
  • by Jarhead on Oct 8, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Because I've seen the trash he's been with! lol
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