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    Third arrest made in 1972 homicide
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    January 18, 2009 - 3:34 PM
    LINDELL KAY

    Illinois police have arrested a third former Marine in connection to the 1972 shooting death of a Camp Lejeune Marine sergeant in Jacksonville.

    Rodger Gill, 56, of Athens, Ill., was taken into custody by Danville, Ill., police Friday afternoon on an indictment handed down by an Onslow County Grand Jury earlier last week. The court-sealed indictment charges Gill with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the homicide of William Miller who was gunned down by an M-16 more than three decades ago.

    Former Cape Carteret police chief George Hayden and Bend, Ore., resident Vickie Babbitt were charged in September by the Onslow County Sheriff's Department with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Miller's death. Miller and Babbitt were married at the time. She later married and divorced Hayden. Both are former Marines.

    Hayden and Babbitt allegedly began a relationship while Miller was on assignment overseas and the three had a falling out when Miller returned in September 1972.

    Authorities say Babbitt lured Miller into an ambush on what was then a secluded area of Western Boulevard and Hayden shot him in the head and the back with an M-16. Gill, a Marine at the time, was allegedly at the scene. Authorities first considered him a witness when they learned last year of his supposed involvement.

    "After examining all the evidence and reviewing the applicable laws, I decided he should be charged also," said Dewey Hudson, the district attorney for the 4th Prosecutorial District, which includes Onslow County.

    An Onslow County Superior Court Judge sealed the indictment and arrest order for Gill. The Daily News learned Sunday of Gill's arrest from his sister who was concerned about him because he was arrested at a hospital upon being released following knee surgery.

    Gill is being held in the Vermilion County Jail without bond. He is awaiting an appearance in front of a judge Tuesday morning, according to the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department.

    Hudson said he does not know whether Gill will fight extradition.

    "We will know more after Tuesday," he said.

    Onslow County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Sutherland and Naval Criminal Investigative Services Special Agent Dan Carlin were in Illinois last week to assist in Gill's arrest, Sutherland confirmed after inquiries from The Daily News.

    Gill was engaged to the babysitter of Millers' infant daughter in 1972. The babysitter, Bonnie Sharpe, told detectives Gill had witnessed the shooting. She said she came forward after 36 years of silence when she read an article in the Aug. 10, 2008, edition of The Daily News about the unsolved homicide.

    Gill admitted "he was at the crime scene when Vickie Miller flagged William Miller down on Western Boulevard and when George Hayden ambushed and shot William Miller with a rifle," according to an affidavit attached to a search warrant of Hayden's Belhaven home.

    Hayden and Babbitt have been released on bond.

    Babbitt's lawyer, Jacksonville attorney Scott Jack questioned the evidence against his client during her bond hearing, saying the only thing that has changed in 36 years is Gill's statement.



    Contact crime reporter Lindell Kay at 910-219-8456. Read Lindell's blog at http://onslowcrime.encblogs.com.

    Ellie

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    Ex-Marine fights extradition in 1972 killing
    The Associated Press
    Posted : Wednesday Jan 21, 2009 13:14:30 EST

    DANVILLE, Ill. — A man accused in the 1972 shooting death of a Marine sergeant is fighting extradition to North Carolina.

    Vermilion County State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar says former Marine Rodger Gill of Athens told a judge Tuesday in Danville that he’s contesting his extradition in the killing of Sgt. William Miller.

    Brinegar says he’ll now seek what’s called a governor’s warrant. That would force Gill to face the charges against him.

    Gill is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He’s the third former Marine charged in the case, along with Vickie Babbitt of Bend, Ore., and George Hayden of Cape Carteret, N.C.

    Miller was found shot to death near Camp Lejeune in 1972.

    Ellie


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    Man accused in 1972 shooting fights extradition
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    January 21, 2009 - 3:35 PM
    STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

    A former Marine is fighting extradition to Onslow County in the 1972 shooting death of Marine Sgt. William Miller.

    Vermillion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar told the Associated Press that Rodger Gill, 56, of Athens, Ill. told a judge Tuesday in Danville he's contesting his extradition.

    Brinegar said he'll seek a governor's warrant, which would force Gill to face the charges against him.

    Gill was arrested by Danville, Ill., police Friday afternoon on an indictment handed down by an Onslow County Grand Jury earlier last week. The court-sealed indictment charges Gill with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the homicide of William Miller, who was shot on Western Boulevard more than three decades ago.

    "I don't have anything to say about (the fight against extradition). The system will work the way it's supposed to work and it'll happen the way it's supposed to happen," Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown told The Daily News Wednesday.

    Gill appeared Tuesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court in front of Associate Judge James Borbely to be arraigned on the fugitive charge. His bond was set at $5 million, and he continues to be held at the Vermilion County Jail, where he's been since his arrest, according to a Wednesday press release from Dewey Hudson, the district attorney for the 4th Prosecutorial District, which includes Onslow County.

    "My office is working with the appropriate authorities in Illinois and the Governor's Office in Raleigh to secure the extradition of Rodger Gill," he said.

    Former Cape Carteret police chief George Hayden and Bend, Ore., resident Vickie Babbitt were charged in September by the Onslow County Sheriff's Department with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Miller's death. Miller and Babbitt were married at the time of the crime. She later married and divorced Hayden. Both are former Marines.

    Hayden and Babbitt allegedly began a relationship while Miller was on assignment overseas and the three had a falling out when Miller returned in September 1972.

    Authorities say Babbitt lured Miller into an ambush on what was then a secluded area of Western Boulevard and Hayden shot him in the head and the back with an M-16 assault rifle. Gill, a Marine at the time, was allegedly at the scene. Authorities first considered him a witness when they learned last year of his supposed involvement.

    "After examining all the evidence and reviewing the applicable laws, I decided he should be charged also," Hudson said Monday.

    The Daily News learned of Gill's arrest from his sister, who was concerned about him because he was arrested at a hospital upon being released following knee surgery.

    "At the time that the indictment was returned, Gill was at the Veteran's Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, where he had undergone treatment. Gill was arrested by Danville police Friday, January 16, 2009 after his treatment was completed," Hudson said in a Wednesday press release.

    Gill was engaged to the babysitter of Millers' infant daughter in 1972. The babysitter, Bonnie Sharpe, told detectives Gill had witnessed the shooting. She said she came forward after 36 years of silence when she read an article in the Aug. 10, 2008, edition of The Daily News about the unsolved homicide.

    Gill said "he was at the crime scene when Vickie Miller flagged William Miller down on Western Boulevard and when George Hayden ambushed and shot William Miller with a rifle," according to an affidavit attached to a search warrant of Hayden's Belhaven home.

    Hayden and Babbitt have been released on bond.



    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Ellie


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