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Ackerson's DNA found on latex gloves from Hayes' trash

Posted September 10, 2013

— A DNA analyst for the North Carolina State Crime Lab testified Tuesday that Laura Ackerson's DNA was found on a blue latex glove found in the trash from the Raleigh apartment complex of her ex-boyfriend, who is on trial for her July 2011 death.

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Grant Hayes, 34, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he's found guilty of first-degree murder in the case.

Prosecutors contend Hayes, embroiled in a bitter child custody dispute with Ackerson, killed her, dismembered her body and dumped her remains in a creek in Richmond, Texas.

He and his wife, Amanda Perry Hayes, 41, were both arrested 12 days after the crime.

Defense attorneys, however, say it was Amanda Hayes who killed Ackerson during an argument and that their client helped get rid of the body because he didn't think anyone would believe the death was unplanned.

Detectives combed through the trash from the couple's apartment complex in the early days of their investigation and recovered numerous items, including disposable respirators, towels, bathroom floor mats, clothing and the couple's vacuum cleaner.

But Sharon Hinton, a forensic DNA analyst with the State Crime Lab, said she was only able to conclusively identify Ackerson's DNA on the blue latex gloves. A second set of DNA was also on the gloves, but Hinton said testing to see if it matched either Grant or Amanda Hayes was inconclusive.

Testing was also inconclusive on other items, some of which all had blood on them, Hinton said, likely because of there wasn't enough DNA to test or the quality of the DNA wasn't good enough.

The tests of several hair samples for DNA were also inconclusive, but Crime Lab hair analyst Jennifer Remy said hairs from a bath tub drain from the Hayeses' apartment seemed unusual and that they were possibly eroded.

Prosecutors could rest their case this week.

Judge Donald Stephens on Monday reduced lunch from 90 minutes to an hour and reconvened court at 9 a.m., instead of 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday in an effort to help keep the trial schedule on track.


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  • sjb2k1 Sep 10, 6:38 p.m.

    So sad that women allow themselves to get involved with dudes like this.

    or more importantly, the dudes could just not be "like this"

  • misschris234 Sep 10, 5:08 p.m.

    outhousecat, she did NOT marry him. She made a bad judgement call marrying him, but he is a psychopath and many times those characteristics don't show until later in a relationship. But either way, NOBODY DESERVES TO BE MURDERED, DISMEMBERED, DISSOLVED in ACID and scattered, and dumped in a creek. Wow. Just wow.

  • In Decisive Sep 10, 4:36 p.m.

    The Hayes' are that rare combo of evil + stupid. Thankfully their abject stupidity ensured their rapid capture by TX and NC authorities. May these two rot in the depths of a dungeon.

  • Serendipity5 Sep 10, 3:42 p.m.

    Only a diabolical person could saw another human being's body up in order to dispose of it. Maybe they will have a few nightmares about that issue.

  • ayby0611 Sep 10, 3:16 p.m.

    So sad that women allow themselves to get involved with dudes like this.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 10, 3:05 p.m.

    "Does anyone know yet if they recovered the reciprocating saw that Grant purchased at the Home Depot and presumably was used to dismember Laura's body?"

    He probably returned it to Home Depot for a complete refund of the purchase price.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 10, 3:04 p.m.

    southerntalent - "Girls in eastern NC,PLEASE let this be a lesson to you about meeting some wanna be musician and allowing him to manipulate and control your life."

    I agree. He probably sweet talked Laura and told her the was going to take good care of her once he became rich and famous.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 10, 2:27 p.m.

    southerntalent - "Girls in eastern NC,PLEASE let this be a lesson to you about meeting some wanna be musician and allowing him to manipulate and control your life."

    Yeah, cause it's not like a mechanic or a teacher or a post office worker would ever do anything like this, or even a woman!!!

    How naive can one be!!!


    It could be anyone at any time of any gender. We can't be afraid of everyone. We just have to be cautious and ever watchful!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 10, 2:26 p.m.

    Whose DNA was on the INSIDE of the gloves? Surely there has to be someone else's there.

    Thoughts for the children. Does anyone know where they are now? I hope they aren't with the woman who raised HIM.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 10, 2:04 p.m.

    "When he goes to prison maybe he'll lose that little smirk he keeps on his face."

    And the white t-shirt he's been wearing to court every day.