Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MAY 18, 2010

NC cold-case trial starts in slaying of Marine

Associated Press - May 18, 2010 12:05 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina prosecutor has methodically laid out the case against a 57-year-old former small-town police chief accused of killing a Marine 37 years ago.

Fifty-7-year-old George Hayden faces first-degree murder and conspiracy charges in the death of William Miller in the trial that opened in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

Onslow County prosecutors say Miller was killed by Hayden in an ambush triggered by a love triangle around Miller's ex-wife Vickie Babbitt. Chief Assistant District Ernie Lee said in his opening statement that Hayden talked about how he had an M-16, the type of gun used in the crime.

Hayden's defense attorney, William J. Morgan, said that the state didn't have enough evidence 37 years ago to convict Hayden and still doesn't.

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