Amanda Hayes, awaiting trial on murder accusation, faces new accessory charge

ablythe@newsobserver.comOctober 8, 2013 

Amanda Perry Hayes stands in front of the Wake County Magistrate on Monday, July 25, 2011. She and her husband Grant Ruffin Hayes are charged with the murder of Grant's ex-girlfriend Laura Jean Ackerson.

SHAWN ROCCO — srocco@newsobserver.com

— A Wake County woman awaiting trial on a murder accusation now faces an additional charge of being an accessory after the fact.

A Wake County grand jury handed up an indictment this week accusing Amanda Hayes, 40, of helping her husband, Grant Hayes, a 34-year-old musician convicted last month of murdering Laura Jean Ackerson.

Ackerson was the mother of two of Grant Hayes’ children.

Prosecutors contend that Grant Hayes and Amanda Hayes were responsible for the death of Ackerson in July 2011 and the dismemberment and disposal of her body in a Texas creek.

Amanda Hayes awaits trial in January.

The additional charge against Amanda Hayes came about after the two-week trial of Grant Hayes.

Defense attorneys for Grant Hayes acknowledged that he helped with the dismemberment and disposal of Ackerson’s body but argued that he only did so to help his wife.

The defense attorneys pointed the finger at Amanda Hayes, arguing that Grant Hayes was guilty of trying to cover up her crime but not of murder.

A Wake County Superior Court jury took less than two hours, though, to convict Grant Hayes of murder, a verdict he immediately announced his plans to appeal.

During the trial of Grant Hayes, the sister of Amanda Hayes testified that her sister had come to Texas in July 2011 and told her that something bad had happened to Ackerson.

Blythe: 919-836-4948

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