Murdered Kinston Woman's Father Files For Custody Of Grandsons

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The father of a Kinston woman whose dismembered body was found in Texas says he has filed for custody of his two grandsons.

WRAL reports Rodger Ackerson said the two children need to be protected and taken care of. The boys are now in the care of the mother of the man accused of killing and dismembering 27-year-old Laura Ackerson.

Authorities have charged 32-year-old Grant Hayes and 39-year-old Amanda Hayes of Raleigh in the death of Ackerson, who was the mother of Grant Hayes' children.

Ackerson's body was positively identified last month from remains found in a creek in Fort Bend County, Texas. Investigators said they believe Ackerson was slain in North Carolina before her killers hauled her dismembered body in coolers to Texas for disposal.

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