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Pair indicted in Kinston woman's death

Posted August 8, 2011 3:37 p.m. EDT
Updated August 9, 2011 4:49 p.m. EDT

— A Wake County grand jury on Monday indicted two people on murder charges in the death of a Kinston woman whose dismembered body was found in a Texas creek.

Grant Hayes, 32, and Amanda Hayes, 39, both of Raleigh, were arrested last month in connection with the death of Laura Jean Ackerson, 27, who was the mother of two of Grant Hayes' children.

Investigators said that they believe Ackerson was killed in North Carolina and transported in coolers to Richmond, Texas, where her alleged killers dumped the remains near the home of Amanda Hayes' sister.

Ackerson was last seen on July 13. Her car was found a week later in the parking lot of a Raleigh apartment complex, near the Hayeses' home.

Investigators haven't offered a motive for the slaying, but family members said the Grant Hayes' and Ackerson had a "volatile" relationship and had been involved in a custody dispute.