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Raleigh man accused of murder fires attorney

Posted September 29, 2011

— A Raleigh man accused of killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend has fired his attorney.

During a hearing Thursday in Wake County Superior Court, Jim Freeman filed a handwritten motion and letter from Grant Ruffin Hayes asking a judge to relieve Freeman as counsel.

Freeman cited "good cause" for the dismissal but said he could not elaborate why.

Hayes, who will be appointed a new public defender, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laura Jean Ackerson.

Ackerson, 27, was last seen July 13 in Raleigh, where she was dropping off the two children she shares with Hayes.

She was reported missing five days later, and her remains were found July 24 in a creek in Richmond, Texas, about 60 miles south of Houston.

Hayes' wife, Amanda Perry Hayes, 39, 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 child custody battle.

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  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Sep 30, 1:51 p.m.

    "Then break out your checkbook! I'm all taxed out! weedy6969007"

    You know what Will Rogers said, "If we didn't have the income, we wouldn't have the tax."
    fayncmike

    Your point is?

  • what_in_the____ Sep 30, 10:18 a.m.

    If you are paying for an attorney then you can choose, but if the State has to give you one, why do you get to "fire" the one you get? All the attorneys have to pass the same Bar Exam & I understand not everyone does the same job, so to speak, but if you expect to be given an attorney, you shouldn't be able to fire them unless you decide to represent yourself.

  • fayncmike Sep 30, 9:54 a.m.

    "Then break out your checkbook! I'm all taxed out!
    weedy6969007"

    You know what Will Rogers said, "If we didn't have the income, we wouldn't have the tax."

  • shortcake53 Sep 30, 9:51 a.m.

    How much consideration did Grant and Amanda give Laura? I say give them the same.

  • WRALSPORTSFANSUXS Sep 30, 9:42 a.m.

    I don,t think public defenders are paid very well so a lot of them aren't up to par. They need to pay them more.
    fayncmike

    Then break out your checkbook! I'm all taxed out!

  • beachboater Sep 30, 9:36 a.m.

    "Jim Freeman filed a handwritten motion and letter from Grant Ruffin Hayes asking a judge to relieve Freeman as counsel.

    Freeman cited "good cause" for the dismissal but said he could not elaborate why."

    Sounds like Hayes told Freeman something something Freeman didn't need to know.

  • WritNEWlaws Sep 30, 8:55 a.m.

    My guess is that his attorney is encouraging him to seek a plea deal instead of going to trial. I guess Grant and Amanda still believe that they can take their chances and walk free with a trial.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut Sep 30, 8:14 a.m.

    Ol' Grant doesn't look like he's been sleeping much.

  • fayncmike Sep 30, 8:08 a.m.

    I don,t think public defenders are paid very well so a lot of them aren't up to par. They need to pay them more.

  • cam7002 Sep 29, 6:55 p.m.

    Rebel Yell, you will get your pound of flesh. What's the rush?

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