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Texas grand jury indicts Amanda Hayes on body-dumping charge

Posted April 16, 2014

— A Raleigh woman convicted two months ago of killing her husband's ex-girlfriend has been indicted by a grand jury in Texas for dumping the woman's remains there, one of the assistant district attorneys who prosecuted the murder case said Wednesday.

Amanda Hayes, 42 – who is serving up to 16 years in prison for the July 13, 2011, death of Laura Ackerson – could face 2 to 20 years in prison if she is convicted of a second-degree felony charge of tampering with physical evidence/human corpse.

Wake County prosecutors say Hayes and her husband, Grant Hayes, killed the 27-year-old Ackerson in their apartment, cut up her body and carried it in coolers to Richmond, Texas, where they disposed of the remains in a creek near the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

A Fort Bend County, Texas, grand jury indicted Hayes this week.

Ultimately, she will be transported to Texas to face the charge, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger said.

Zellinger added that authorities chose not to seek criminal charges against Grant Hayes, because he is serving a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Amanda Hayes, who was found guilty of second-degree murder, testified in her trial earlier this year that she didn't kill Ackerson and only helped get rid of her body because she feared what her husband might do to her if she didn't cooperate.

Grant Hayes has said that his wife accidentally killed Ackerson during an argument and that he helped cover up the death in an effort to protect her.

Prosecutors said the Hayeses wanted to "erase" Ackerson – the mother of Grant Hayes' two young sons – from their lives because of a bitter child custody dispute.

Amanda Hayes is carrying out her sentence in Raleigh at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women.

Grant Hayes, meanwhile, is at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, where he has incurred five infractions that include trying to escape, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.


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  • geraniumposey Apr 17, 2014

    I should hope so. What a ridiculous woman.

  • dh1964 Apr 16, 2014

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    The judge didn't make that decision - the prosecution chose not to pursue the death penalty, probably for very good strategic reasons.

  • fifefan4life Apr 16, 2014

    Don't mess with Texas.

  • Bonnie Hoover Apr 16, 2014
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    Up to 16 years for helping commit a murder here in North Carolina and up to 20 for tampering with evidence in Texas. What does that tell you about our LAWS here in North Carolina?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 16, 2014

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    How much more is he costing us besides room and board, when he ties up further manpower resources working to track him down and deal with him for these further infractions.

    Lord protect us from judges who think a life sentence is appropriate sentence for uncivilized beasts who commit horrors upon others like he did.

  • Barbara Sossomon Apr 16, 2014
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    Why is Grant Hayes NOT in Central Prison? Wish TX had tried him. They know how to give a Death Sentence!

  • Ron Kemp Apr 16, 2014
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    Twenty years in a Texas prison sounds like what she deserves.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 16, 2014

    Cool - love it!!!
    Mighty prayers for the children!!!

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 16, 2014

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    Don't we all wish.

  • appstate1996 Apr 16, 2014

    She can get 20 years in TX if found guilty...I'll take it. She is a nut case!