Monday, May 24, 2010

Jury deliberations on hold in Hayden trial

Jury deliberations on hold in Hayden trial
May 24, 2010 11:07 AM
The trial of a former local police chief accused of the 1972 shooting death of a Camp Lejeune Marine is on hold while a judge determines what to do about a jury member who is in the hospital.

When the jury returned Monday morning for deliberations in the murder trial of former Cape Carteret police chief George Hayden, 57, the panel was one juror short.

N.C. Superior Court Judge Ken Crow put the proceedings on hold until 10 a.m. Tuesday while court officials determine the nature and extent of the jury member’s hospital stay.

Hayden is accused of the nearly four-decades-old slaying of Sgt. William Miller.

Prosecutors said a love triangle led Hayden to shoot Miller with an M-16. Defense attorney Billy Joe Morgan said his client was innocent and the only reason he is on trial is because of recent publicity surrounding the case.

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