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Warrant: Suspect invited slain Kinston mom to visit children

Posted October 17, 2011

— A Raleigh man accused of killing and dismembering the estranged mother of two of his sons allegedly sent an email inviting her to his home on the day that she was last seen alive, according to a new search warrant in the case.

The warrant for email records, which was released late Friday, says that Grant Ruffin Hayes, 32, used a Yahoo! email account to invite Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, of Kinston, to visit with the children on July 13.

It had been initially reported that Ackerson was last seen on that day dropping off the children.

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, with whom he also shares a child, is also charged with first-degree murder in Ackerson's death.

Raleigh police haven't commented about the case, but Texas authorities say they believe the Hayeses killed Ackerson, cut up her body and carried it in coolers to Texas, where they disposed of her remains in the creek, which is near the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

Grant Hayes Warrant: Suspect invited slain mom to visit children

Ackerson's relatives have said that she and Grant Hayes had been involved in a contentious child custody dispute over their children, and court documents indicate that Grant Hayes had primary custody of the children.

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

Prosecutors are expected to announce in December whether they plan to pursue the death penalty against the Hayeses.

"Every fact along the way will be important in determining premeditation and deliberation, among other things," the lead prosecutor in the case, Becky Holt, said Monday. "There's a lot of things to consider and a lot of things to take into account."

The couple, meanwhile, is being held without bond in the Wake County jail.

Grant Hayes' mother is caring for the three children. Ackerson's father has said that he plans to seek custody of his daughter's children.


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  • wattsun Oct 18, 2011

    This sociopath made the courts think the mother was unstable when all along he was a monster.

  • tiggerbeth Oct 18, 2011

    I actually knew Grant Hayes and I never would have suspected him of something like this...just goes to show that you can never know anyone completely!!

  • heatherh2131 Oct 18, 2011

    macharsam that was my thought exactly!!! Sad stuff!!!

  • kpwoodlief Oct 17, 2011

    Wouldn't that mean premeditation

  • snowl Oct 17, 2011

    ...and to think that the court gave primary custody to Grant Hayes....(we never know what really goes on behind closed doors) Justice for Laura!

  • misschris234 Oct 17, 2011

    The children is with his mother because that is where they had lived with Laura for some time (with Grant's mother)... the children are in an environment they are used to and comfortable with rather than being thrown into a new situation. As horrible as the case is, those children need stability. Just because she is his mother doesn't make her a monster, nor does it mean she is sitting around filling their heads with anything. Those are her grandchildren.

  • SAMCRO4ever Oct 17, 2011

    God Laura.....Im so sorry....they better get you some justice baby girl ... RIP.

  • Proud Airman Oct 17, 2011

    valleygirl.... They were busted. They are guilty. Death penalty is suitable but not nearly severe enough.

  • gpcatgirl Oct 17, 2011

    He must have been doing them both (the ex and the girlfriend) and jealousy kicked in (just saying)!!!! I really don't think you need to be just saying anything when you have no clue what you are talking about.
    What the heck is this? That is crazy. She was just in their way and that is why they did it. Lord please make sure that these childern are in the proper hands the ones that are most fit to take care of them.

  • Genie v2.0 Oct 17, 2011

    How could you do that to the mother of your children. I agree, this should be death penalty all the way