Michael McLellan indicted in murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar

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Michael Ray McLellan is charged in the murder for Hania Aguilar. (Photo: WWAY/FBI)

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WTVD) — The man accused of strangling 13-year-old Hania Aguilar has been indicted in the case.

Michael Ray McLellan, 34, faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping (among others). He has been in custody since Nov. 13, but court officials confirm his case was recently seen by a grand jury.

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That grand jury indicted McLellan in the case. That is a procedural step in moving the case forward in the court system.

Aguilar was abducted from outside her home as she waited to go to school in November 2018. Her body was discovered weeks later about 10 miles from where she was abducted.

Ten days later, investigators announced that McLellan was responsible for Aguilar’s death.