Man accused of kidnapping, raping, killing 13-year-old Hania Aguilar will face execution


LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – Prosecutors in North Carolina want the man accused of killing Hania Aguilar put to death.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Michael McLellan. McLellan is charged in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Hania Aguilar.

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Aguilar was forced into an idling SUV and kidnapped from a home in Robeson County on Nov. 5, 2018, according to Lumberton police. After weeks of searching, the FBI located the girl’s remains in a body of water off of Wire Grass Road on Nov. 27, 2018.

McLellan was charged for Hania’s kidnapping and death on Dec. 8, 2018. The press release from the FBI states McLellan was arrested for her murder shortly after forensic test results were processed.

McLellan was already behind bars in Robeson County when the charges in the Aguilar case came down. McLellan had been arrested on Nov.13, 2018, by Fairmont police on unrelated armed robbery and kidnapping charges, warrants confirm.

A grand jury indicted McLellan in May on the following charges:

  • First-degree murder
  • First-degree forcible sex offense
  • Statutory sexual offense with person less than 15 years of age
  • Larceny of motor vehicle 
  • Felonious restraint 
  • Abduction of children
  • Conceal/fail to report death of a child 
  • First degree forcible rape
  • Statutory rape of child <=15
  • First-degree kidnapping 

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