RALEIGH — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has denied Grant Hayes’ appeal in the 2011 death and dismemberment of 27-year-old Laura Ackerson.
Hayes is serving a life sentence after his 2013 conviction on a first-degree murder charge. Prosecutors said Hayes and his wife Amanda Smith Hayes killed Ackerson – the mother of two of Grant’s children – and cut up her body before taking it across the country in coolers and dumping it in a Texas creek.
Prosecutors said the motive for the killing was a long-running custody dispute over the Hayes/Ackerson children.
Smith Hayes was found guilty of second-degree murder. The couple has since divorced.
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