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Raleigh police seek email records in murder probe

Posted August 19, 2011

— New search warrants issued July 28 and made public Thursday show that Raleigh police are looking at the email records of both a Kinston woman found dead in Texas last month and her former boyfriend.

Investigators specifically want to know if Laura Jean Ackerson shared with anyone any concerns or fears about Grant Hayes and whether he has any information in his email account about Ackerson's death.

The 27-year-old's dismembered remains were discovered about 60 miles south of Houston, Texas, last month. Grant Hayes, 32, and his wife, Amanda Hayes, 39, are in the Wake County jail on charges of first-degree murder.

Investigators also asked in July 26 warrants for access to three of Amanda Hayes' credit card accounts between July 1 and July 25 so they can see what purchases she made and where she made them.

Raleigh police investigators haven't offered details about the case, but Texas authorities say they believe the Hayes killed Ackerson, cut up her body and carried it in coolers to Richmond, Texas, where the remains were found in a creek near the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

Ackerson's relatives have said she was involved in a contentious child custody dispute with Grant Hayes over their two children.

Police, however, have not offered a motive, only referencing the custody dispute in search warrants.

Investigators have already searched the Hayeses' Raleigh apartment, where they collected several items, including carpet and padding, showerheads, bedding, a vacuum and a computer, among other items.


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  • TheDude abides... Aug 19, 2011

    Whats worse is its a simple reaction to a comment FAR more candid...and probably WAY more serious.

  • gossipgirl Aug 19, 2011

    Hit "report abuse" on the comment you find offensive

  • anne53ozzy Aug 19, 2011

    eugenics...If this comment remains on this site, I will personally sue this company.....

  • gossipgirl Aug 19, 2011

    Response; His Facebook page had a lot of condolonces, a lot of people saying "I can't believe it" and one or two people saying, "Are you kidding? He talked about doing something like this all the time."

    ABC17 had a song he wrote & sung several years ago about hiring to have her killed while she lived with his Mother...

  • rosered857 Aug 19, 2011

    PBSM - You talk as if you were at the custody hearings. Since you claim to be single, are you talking from personal experience? A custody hearing I assure you is not a game that you play. It is a very serious matter. This mother of two did not deserve to be murdered and then cut up into pieces, driven across state lines and thrown away in another state like garbage. Thank you.

  • anne53ozzy Aug 19, 2011

    What is "new" about July 28th? These mails ought to have been accessed long before now...ANd as for the ref to eugenics, this is abominable.

  • TheDude abides... Aug 19, 2011

    some folks (PSBM) make it a shame we quit the eugenics program

  • barownerx2 Aug 19, 2011

    I believe if they would make the laws equal for women and men most of this would never happen

  • gossipgirl Aug 19, 2011

    I can not fathom a sane person could possibly say this = She should have not tried to use those children as a weapon during the custody hearings... she played the game now she paid the price.
    And you say you are someones Mother???? Perhaps Mr. Hayes Mother thought like this as well which is why he did what he did.
    Holy Moly- ProudBlackSingleMother Your thought process is frightening to say the least.

  • wildthang4life Aug 19, 2011

    How about we try to take your kids, you fight for 'em, then we dismember you into little pieces....When did it become okay to kill someone in a custody battle. You are sick, completely sick. I do not wish death or harm upon no one, however I do hope that karma will come back to you for those words you have said. You name should be "terribleblacksinglemother."