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Jury Convicts Ex-Police Chief in 1972 Murder

Associated Press

May 27, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina jury has convicted a former small-town police chief of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Marine sergeant 37 years ago.

Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Wednesday that 57-year-old George Hayden was sentenced to life in prison in the 1972 slaying of Sgt. William Miller. Jurors deliberated for three days before returning a verdict.

Jurors had told Superior Court Judge Ken Crow that they were unable to reach a verdict. But Crow urged them to keep trying.

Prosecutors say Miller was killed in an ambush triggered by a love triangle involving his wife at the time.

The case remained unsolved until Miller’s sister contacted a newspaper reporter looking into cold cases. Hudson said Miller’s family has been waiting a long time for justice.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    4theblue

    about 4 years ago

    1566 Comments

    RIP, Sgt Miller.

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    bfriskey

    about 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    WOW..
    \Godspeed your soul to rest ,FINALLY.....
    As for the LEO..Hypocritical prick , enjoy your time in Hell for yet ANOTHER black eye for LE...Been a bad year

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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Sgt. Miller. I am glad to see that justice was served.

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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Justice is now served. Just late

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    copper380

    about 4 years ago

    2026 Comments

    Just goes to show ya, you may get away but eventually you will pay for your actions, during this life or after. Glad for the family that it was solved in this life and it is satisfying to know his real judgement will come after he completes his sentence on earth.

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    rip Sgt. glad this cold case was finally solved even if it was 40 years later

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Forty years too late, but justice finally arrived. RIP Sgt. Miller.

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Conyers1 said it all.

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    clobster

    about 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Better late than never. This guy lived a nice life after ending another life. Now he needs to pay for it.

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    NewYork911

    about 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Well he will have plenty of time now to think back on how stupid he was...

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    NewYork911

    about 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Well he will have plenty of time now to think back on how stupid he was...

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    Do the crime, do the time.

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    Conyers1

    about 4 years ago

    256 Comments

    It just aint WORTH IT! This is unbelievable, this CHIEF who was holding everyone to a higher stadard is no better himself and committed the most aggregious offense there is, Damn Man! Just DAMN IT!

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    rod3245

    about 4 years ago

    714 Comments

    I have to agree with TeaParty. Seems like something is missing here...

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    TeaParty2012

    about 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    I got issues with this so-called "conviction". Why wasn't this new information uncovered during the initial investigation? The Jury couldn't come to a decision until pressured by the Judge (Obama is done - Palin 2012)

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