Woman indicted by Fort Bend County Grand Jury for role in 2011 murder

Woman indicted by Fort Bend County Grand Jury for role in 2011 murder

Woman indicted by Fort Bend County Grand Jury for role in 2011 murder

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

RICHMOND, Texas— One of the suspects involved in the death of a woman whose dismembered body parts were found in a creek in July 2011 has been indicted by the Fort Bend County Grand Jury.

Grant Hayes and his wife, Amanda Smith Hayes, have both been tried and convicted in Raleigh, N.C. for their roles in the murder of Laura Jean Ackerson.

Investigators said Grant Hayes killed Ackerson, his ex-wife, and then dismembered her. Afterward, he dumped her body parts into Oyster Creek, just north of Richmond.

Two detectives from the Raleigh Police Department tracked the couple to Fort Bend County where Ackerson’s body was recovered. Hayes and his wife had already returned to Raleigh where they were arrested.

Grant Hayes, 34, was charged with First Degree Murder and was tried in 2013 in Raleigh. He received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Earlier this year, Amanda Hayes, 42, facing a charge of Second Degree Murder, was tried and sentenced to 13 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

In Texas, the Fort Bend County Grand Jury has indicted Amanda Hayes on a charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Second Degree Felony punishable by not less than two years and not greater than 20 years.

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