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Raleigh man charged in ex-girlfriend's death gets new attorney for third time

Posted November 13, 2012

— A Raleigh man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and disposing of her dismembered body in a Texas creek has asked a Superior Court judge, for a second time, for a new public defender.

Grant Ruffin Hayes, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2011 death of Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, of Kinston.

Judge Donald Stephens granted Hayes' request for a new attorney during a hearing Tuesday but told Hayes that it was the last time he could do so.

Hayes filed a handwritten motion in September 2011, asking Stephens to relieve attorney Jim Freeman as counsel in his case. Attorney Mike Klinkosum was later assigned to Hayes' case.

Both attorneys cited ethical issues in defending Hayes, but neither have commented on what those issues might be.

Ackerson is believed to have been in Raleigh before she was reported missing in July 2011. Her remains were found July 24, 2011, in a creek in Richmond, Texas, about 60 miles south of Houston.

Hayes' wife, Amanda Perry Hayes, 40, is also charged with first-degree murder.

Raleigh police haven't commented on a motive, but Ackerson's relatives say she and Hayes were involved in a contentious child custody battle.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 14, 3:52 p.m.

    Prison will be waiting on him. he will not be smiling either.

  • AFSC426X3 Nov 14, 1:57 p.m.

    Look at the expression on this guy's face. He doesn't seem to be to worried about the murder charge he's facing.

  • dakjlmk2 Nov 14, 1:55 p.m.

    WHY WHY WHY ARE WE WASTING TAX PAYER MONEY, TIME AND EFFORTS ALLOWING THIS MAN TO GET YET A THIRD ATTORNEY. ADDING TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS THIS COUNTRY IS IN, WHY TO GO RALEIGH!

  • Jamerson Nov 14, 1:54 p.m.

    In my experience, a "Court appointed lawyer" cant even get you out of a seatbelt violation.

    I don't know what he expects by replacing his third court appointed attorney.. clearly he cant afford a good defense.

  • King of Ignorance Nov 14, 8:55 a.m.

    Another feral person working the system. I think I'd feel a lot better if this dude faced the death penalty. The article doesn't say.

  • miseem Nov 14, 8:46 a.m.

    Set a trial date (and make it soon) and get on with it. He wants another attorney the day before trial, go ahead. Just no postponement and no chance to use that as grounds for appeal.

  • itneverchanges Nov 14, 8:22 a.m.

    Find the deepest darkest cell in the prison system. Open the door, throw loser in, close cell, throw away key!! There, just saved the tax payers plenty of money. Then have the trial on closed circuit TV so he doesn't have to move from there!!

  • twatkinsntp Nov 14, 8:09 a.m.

    Take both of them out back and put a bullet in their heads.....save the tax payers some money and take out the trash at the same time.

  • killing_me_softly Nov 13, 7:35 p.m.

    My post was never posted but he wants a black attorney from Durham.

    http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Man-Charged-With-Killing-Kinston-Mom-Fires-Second-Attorney-179143901.html

  • AFSC426X3 Nov 13, 4:46 p.m.

    Sounds like this Hayes knows how to work the system. I am all for legal representation for all but this is carrying things a little to far. Hopefully the third strike will all this guy will be allowed.

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