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Amanda, Grant Hayes divorce

Posted October 13, 2014

Amanda Hayes married Grant Hayes in April 2010. She was granted a divorce Oct. 13, 2014.

— Grant Ruffin Hayes and his wife, Amanda Perry Hayes, convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Laura Jean Ackerson in 2011, were granted a divorce Monday in a Wake County courtroom.

Amanda Hayes married Grant Hayes in April 2010. She filed for divorce in August.

"I didn't know I was coming here today until 8:22 this morning," her husband said, although he didn't contest her request for the split.

Amanda Hayes said she plans to use her maiden name, Smith.

The couple was charged with first-degree murder on July 25, 2011, for Ackerson's death. She was last seen alive in Raleigh on July 13, 2011, and her dismembered remains were discovered 11 days later in a creek about 60 miles south of Houston, Texas.

Grant Hayes, who pleaded not guilty to the crime, went to trial in the case on Aug. 26, 2013, and was found guilty of first-degree murder on Sept. 16, 2013. Amanda Hayes was convicted of second-degree murder Feb. 19, 2014.


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  • Edward Levy Oct 14, 2014
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    This is not newsworthy!!!

  • Kristi Bobbitt Coley Oct 14, 2014
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    BusyB97 you are CORRECT!

  • busyb97 Oct 14, 2014

    Next we will read about "Amanda Smith's" appeal for a new trial. She'll plead spousal abuse or something. The divorce is just a ploy in the process to get out of the responsibility of her actions.

  • Local Native Oct 14, 2014

    What family unit? Yep, really sorry for these poor kids who were put in their sad situation by scumbag parents. Oh, and BTW...who cares if these 2 people divorced?

  • Barbara Sossomon Oct 14, 2014
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    With his crazy mother.

  • Judy Fergerson Oct 13, 2014
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    and since she is in prison guess who paid her lawyer fees - yes us taxpayers

  • USMC Vet Oct 13, 2014

    Where are the children???

  • asjdiw Oct 13, 2014

    And we care, why?

  • LetsBeFair Oct 13, 2014

    stranger than fiction

  • sandbagger2040 Oct 13, 2014

    I just wish these kids could have kept it together, they had been through a lot and I hate to see the family unit get broken up like this, just a shame.