Father Of Murdered Kinston Mom Sues Murder Suspects

The father of a Kinston woman who was murdered in Wake County almost two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the couple accused of killing her.

Laura Ackerson was reported missing by Kinston police on July 15th, 2011 . Her dismembered body was found more than a week later in a Texas creek.

Authorities believe Ackerson was killed in Wake County, her body placed in coolers and driven to Texas in a rental truck.

Rodger Ackerson filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Lenoir County against Grant and Amanda Hayes, the Raleigh couple who are awaiting trial for the woman's murder.

Ackerson's two children were fathered by Hayes, and the two were going through a custody dispute at the time of her death.

Hayes is scheduled to stand trial next month in Wake County on the murder charge, while his wife's trial is set for early next year.