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Murder trial date set in Kinston mom's death

Posted December 20, 2012

— A Wake County Superior Court judge on Thursday set a tentative trial date for a Raleigh man and his wife who are accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, dismembering her body and disposing of it in a Texas creek.

Grant Ruffin Hayes, 33, and Amanda Perry Hayes, 40, are both charged with first-degree murder in the July 2011 death of Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, of Kinston.

Judge Donald Stephens set the date for a trial for the week of May 20. In February, he will hear a motion from the state asking that both defendants be tried together.

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.

Raleigh police haven't commented on a motive, but Ackerson's relatives say she and Grant Hayes were involved in a contentious custody battle over the two sons they had together.


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  • golorealist Dec 21, 2012

    the sad part is that the kids are going to grow up without a mother or a father, and they will eventually learn what happened to their mother. what a way to end a custody dispute.

  • ndadszucs Dec 21, 2012

    youpeoplearesoentertaining, as much as I want to agree with your sentiment, I just can bring myself to. We as human beings should be better than them. I do wish that I could wish them the same amount of pain they inflicted. RIP, Laura.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Dec 21, 2012

    Too bad we can't give those two the same method of death they gave Laura....

  • CharmedLife Dec 21, 2012

    Totally agree with computer trainer!!!

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 20, 2012

    I support the death penalty, my only complaint is when it's pretty much clear cut and all evidences proof beyond all doublt, why does it's take so long? Oh I know, someone will put a law through, that igorne the evidences and let them live.

  • computer trainer Dec 20, 2012

    Yeah, let's support him for the next 60 years. I say send him to AZ and let him live in the tent city.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 20, 2012

    Life in prison would served him good. No parole either.