Suspect accused of kidnapping, murdering Hania Aguilar appears before judge

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LUMBERTON, NC (WBTW) – The man accused of kidnapping and murdering 13-year-old Hania Aguilar made his first court appearance since his arrest Monday morning in Lumberton. 

Michael McLellan appeared at 11 a.m. in a Robeson County courtroom. He was denied bond on ten felony charges related to the death of Hania Aguilar. 

A judge revoked his bond on prior charges levied against him as well. McLellan was arrested November 13, by Fairmont police on attempted armed robbery and kidnapping charges in an unrelated case, warrants confirm.  

McLellan was arrested Saturday by the Lumberton Police Department and the FBI and charged with first degree murder, first degree forcible rape, statutory rape of a person under 15 years old, first degree sexual offense, statutory sex offense with a person 15 or younger, first degree kidnapping, felony larceny, felony restraint, abduction of a child and concealment of death, according to the FBI.

The maximum sentence for the murder charge is death. McLellan is scheduled for another hearing December 21.

According to NC Department of Public Safety records, McLellan has several previous arrests.  In August 2000, he was charged assault on a child, a class A1 misdemeanor charge, records show. In May 2004, he was charged with assault on a child. On December 31, 2005, McLellan was charged with first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was convicted in January 2007 and sentenced to nine years in prison, plus nine months of parole. In July 2017, McLellan was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was convicted in February 2018 and served four months in jail. He was on parole, which was set to end in March 2019. On October 15, he allegedly kidnapped and attempted to rob at gunpoint a woman in Fairmont, North Carolina, according to warrants. 

Hania Aguilar was forced into a car in the Rosewood Mobile home park in Lumberton on November 5, 2018. The teen’s body was located Novmeber 27, off of Wire Grass Road.

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