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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. A former police chief has been charged with murder in the 1972 shooting death of a Marine, and authorities said late Tuesday the slain man's then-wife has also been charged.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports the Onslow County Sheriff's Office charged 57-year-old George Hayden with killing Marine Sgt. William Miller. Hayden, who was police chief in Cape Carteret and Belhaven, was arrested Monday night.

Miller was found shot to death on Sept. 16, 1972, after returning from a deployment. Investigative reports showed that Hayden had moved into Miller's mobile home and that Hayden later left with Miller's wife.

Late Tuesday, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said Miller's then-wife, identified now as Vickie Miller Hayden Babbitt, was in custody in Bend. Ore. Brown said Babbitt is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The sheriff's office said a recent cold case report in the Jacksonville newspaper inspired a key witness to come forward.

Hayden is being held in the Onslow County Jail without bond. Authorities did not say whether he had an attorney and officials at the jail did not answer repeated calls there.

Hayden was a sergeant in Headquarters and Supply Company, 2nd Motor Transport Battalion, 2nd Marine Division when Miller was killed. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1989 and went to work for the Cape Carteret Police Department. He later joined the Belhaven Police Department.
 
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