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Photos show Hayes dumping acid near Texas crime scene

Posted February 6

During the first-degree murder trial of Amanda Hayes on Feb. 6, 2014, Wake County prosecutors show this July 20, 2011, surveillance photo of who they say is Amanda Hayes getting rid of four boxes of muriatic acid.

— Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Amanda Hayes on Thursday saw surveillance photos of her dumping four cartons – containing seven unopened one-gallon bottles of muriatic acid – at the end of a cul-de-sac near the Richmond, Texas, home of her sister.

Shannon Quick Amanda Hayes murder trial testimony (Day 8)

Hayes, 41, is accused of first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to murder in the July 13, 2011, death of her husband's ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson, whose dismembered remains were found in a creek less than 2 miles from the spot Hayes unloaded the acid.

John T. Schneider – an officer with Fort Bend County Environmental Enforcement in Fort Bend County, Texas, who recovered the photos from his department's camera – said the drop-off was made just after 10 a.m. on July 20, 2011, the last day of Hayes' three-day trip with her husband, Grant Hayes.

Raymond Boyer, an employee at a Home Depot store in Texas, previously testified that, on July 19, 2011, Grant Hayes bought four containers of muriatic acid that he was insistent about using to remove the odor of a wild hog from a pig pen.

Wake County prosecutors say Amanda Hayes told her sister that she killed Ackerson, 27, in the Hayeses' third-floor Raleigh apartment and that the couple then cut up her body and dumped it in the creek six days later.

An autopsy determined Ackerson died of "undetermined homicidal violence," but she had a sharp puncture wound to the fourth cervical vertebra of the spine as well as crushed thyroid cartilage that was consistent with some type of asphyxia or blunt force trauma to the neck.

But defense attorneys say their client had no knowledge of Ackerson's death and that she confessed when she did find out about it – still thinking it was accidental – only because Grant Hayes had threatened to kill her.

Grant Hayes, 34, was convicted of the crime in September and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

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  • PDMARTIN Feb 7, 3:54 p.m.

    Didn't they say the cartons were "unopened"? That would suggest to me the acid wasn't used.

  • mockingbird313 Feb 7, 11:03 a.m.

    can we throw in a charge for the illegal dumping and of hazardous materials too? if you catch... View More

    — Posted by CaptLucy

    I'm with you on this. I know that hazardous waste dumping is not the most vital part of this trial, but I couldn't help but think how much harm was being done by the dumping of all that acid.

  • tigresspen Feb 6, 7:47 p.m.

    mafiamic: How do we know it was muriatic acid? They have a video and it clearly shows what it is... LE also retrieved the bottles. One gallon bottle was empty and others were still full and sealed. By the way, it is Amanda and she is driving her nephews truck.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 7:20 p.m.

    MAFIAMIC -

    This is the testimony presented in the courtroom that's shared in the story:

    "John T. Schneider – an officer with Fort Bend County Environmental Enforcement in Fort Bend County, Texas, who recovered the photos from his department's camera – said the drop-off was made just after 10 a.m. on July 20, 2011, the last day of Hayes' three-day trip with her husband, Grant Hayes."

    "Raymond Boyer, an employee at a Home Depot store in Texas, previously testified that, on July 19, 2011, Grant Hayes bought four containers of muriatic acid that he was insistent about using to remove the odor of a wild hog from a pig pen."

    That's not rumors or media spin.

  • monami Feb 6, 6:36 p.m.

    "Go by the evidence presented not the hearsay not the probably,not the mights,not the woulda shoulda coulda"

    They didn't just make stuff up and throw it out there. They retrieved bottles of acid from the boxes she dumped. Works for me. Reading the articles is always helpful. ;)

    BTW, they have charges ready pending the outcome of this trial. Don't mess with Texas!

  • mafiamic Feb 6, 6:11 p.m.

    Guilty or not,if all you are going by is a photo,how do you know that is what she is dumping?,the ones accusing her said that?.Looks like there is a BAR B QUE there and if you believe in photos you must be the naive who believe every photoshop pic is real?.
    Go by the evidence presented not the hearsay not the probably,not the mights,not the woulda shoulda coulda.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 6:04 p.m.

    And that she's dropping these things off by herself only 4 or so weeks after giving birth while he is - where exactly???

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 5:52 p.m.

    How can anyone now have any doubt of her guilt of at least being an accessory???

  • monami Feb 6, 5:26 p.m.

    Sweetie pie was involved no matter how you twist it. She is GUILTY! She should see life in... View More

    — Posted by 678devilish

    'Scuse me, but first and foremost, the deceased did not deserve to be deceased!!

  • CaptLucy Feb 6, 4:52 p.m.

    can we throw in a charge for the illegal dumping and of hazardous materials too? if you catch them, charge them!

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