Exclusive: Photo shows knife found in Ackerson slaying
Posted December 31, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — WRAL News has obtained an exclusive photo of a knife that was found during a December 2013 police search of a vehicle owned by Grant and Amanda Hayes.
Grant Hayes was convicted in September of the July 2011 death and dismemberment of his ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson. He is serving a life sentence. His wife, Amanda Hayes, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 20 on a first-degree murder charge in the case.
Defense attorneys contend the knife, which was hidden in the center console of the Dodge Durango, shows that Grant Hayes committed the crime and Amanda Hayes was under duress and in fear for her life.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway has asked both prosecutors and the defense to determine a plan for testing the knife for DNA.
Johnny Gaskins, who is Hayes' attorney, said the State Bureau of Investigation will test the knife first, and his experts will have a chance to do the same.