Attorney for man charged in Hania Aguilar case appears in court; court date for 2016 charges set

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LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – The attorney for Michael McLellan apeared in court on Monday.

McLellan was charged with the kidnapping and death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar on Dec. 8. He was arrested for her murder shortly after forensic test results were processed.

Hania was forced into a family member’s idling SUV and kidnapped from her driveway in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton on Nov. 5. After weeks of searching, the FBI located her remains in a body of water off of Wire Grass Road on Nov. 27.

McLellan’s attorney appeared in court at 9 a.m. Monday in Robeson County.

A court date for McLellan’s 2016 charges was set for June 3. 

In January, a grand jury returned an indictment against McLellan in connection with a 2016 rape case.

According to the indictment, a grand jury returned a true bill of indictment against McLellan on January 7 in reference to a 2016 rape case. The hearing was held at 10 a.m. on January 7. 

The offenses listed in the indictment include first degree rape, first degree burglary, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. The indictment says McLellan broke into the victim’s home and did “ravish and carnally know” the victim by force and against her will.

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