Raleigh lawyer details new evidence in murder case

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Amanda Hayes

RALEIGH, N.C. — In a Raleigh courtroom Thursday, the lawyer representing Amanda Hayes claimed he found a bio-hazard suit and gloves used by Grant Hayes to dismember the body of Laura Ackerson.

WTVD-TV reported that Johnny Gaskins said the items were found in a 2009 Dodge Durango used by Grant and Amanda – and were apparently overlooked by police investigators.

Amanda Hayes pleaded not guilty last month to murder and “accessory after the fact of murder” charges, almost two months after a jury found her husband Grant guilty of first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of Ackerson – who was the mother of his two oldest children.

Grant Hayes blamed Amanda for actually killing Ackerson – saying he only helped dispose of the body. Gaskins said at Thursday’s status hearing that he intends to prove Grant was the killer.

Prosecutors said the couple murdered the 27-year-old at their Raleigh apartment in July, 2011 during a long-running custody dispute.

Prosecutors said they chopped up Ackerson’s body, put it in coolers, and then drove them in a rented U-Haul to Amanda’s sister’s house in Richmond, Texas, where the body parts were dumped in a nearby creek.

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