Celsa Maribel Hernandez Velasquez , mother of Hania Aguilar, stares at Michael Ray McLellan, 34, during his first appearance for the kidnapping and murder of Hania Aguilar on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Lumberton, N.C. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)
Celsa Maribel Hernandez Velasquez , mother of Hania Aguilar, stares at Michael Ray McLellan, 34, during his first appearance for the kidnapping and murder of Hania Aguilar on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Lumberton, N.C. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP) Andrew Craft AP
Celsa Maribel Hernandez Velasquez , mother of Hania Aguilar, stares at Michael Ray McLellan, 34, during his first appearance for the kidnapping and murder of Hania Aguilar on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Lumberton, N.C. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP) Andrew Craft AP

Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.