Search Warrants Released In Ackerson Murder

There are new details about the murder of a mother from the east as search warrants in the case were released to media Tuesday.

The warrants reveal investigators collected "evidence of murder" in the apartment of the victim's ex-boyfriend and father of her children, Grant Hayes.

Laura Ackerson, 27-years-old of Kinston, was reported missing July 18th and her dismembered body was discovered in Texas July 24th.

Grant Hayes and his wife Amanda are charged with Ackerson's murder.

At least one of the search warrants was for the Hayes's Raleigh apartment. Ackerson was last seen visiting her children there July 13th -- five days before a coworker reported her missing.

Investigators took carpet samples, plumbing and debris from drains and say they believe Ackerson was killed and dismembered at the apartment before being taken to Texas and dumped in a creek near property owned by Amanda's sister.

Police also say the Hayes's owned a saw. Investigators have said a saw may have been used to dismember Ackerson's body.

Ackerson's two boys are in the custody of Hayes's parents, but her father is trying to gain custody.


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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Aug 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Sleep with dogs and you are going to get fleas
  • by country boy Location: havelock on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    Mostly, I feel for these children. I am not trying to be cruel at such a time, but this had to be a very disfucntional family, both mother and father. The kids were like boucing balls, probably being traded back for forth for welfare reasons. Someone who really cares for children should be given custody, probably not either of the grand parents.
  • by SG Location: Washington on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    Why are the kids with the grandmother? Her son killed this poor girl and this woman knew her son and the wife were on a trip to Texas, she should be looked at for lying to law enforcement and hindering prosecution. She told law that Amanda didn't show up at the meeting point, and how could she, she was in coolers on the way to Texas. I hope they look at her too.
  • by swansboro on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    I hope that her parents are able to get the boys .. her parents will loose everything ..their daughter and every day talk about the boys ... As for his parents they should have contact with the boys to , but they can also see their son too..
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      by Theresa on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:49 AM in reply to swansboro
      If son and his wife are found guilty thay should get what they gave. If ever the phrase "an eye for an eye" were approprate, this would definately be it! Maybe for once, the state will get the death penality and actually USE it. I am not normally for it but this case is one in which I believe it is called for. Hope her parents get the children.
  • by SoManyMike on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    This is terrible, andI still have not heard where the kids were when all of this happened.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    The end times are near folks.
  • by Jacobi Location: greenville on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    I think WITN should report all of it. I think the people have a right to know how haneous the crime was! Those two should be put to death for this criminal act! My God you dismembered a body and took it to texas. They don't even have all of the poor woman to bury. They should really pay. Fried till they are crispy brown!
  • by CH on Aug 9, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    Why would WITN post this? As if the family hasn't already suffered enough and now WITN has to be heartless and post how this woman's body was dismembered and killed. Come on people. WITN you all are sick to post this!
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      by SJ on Aug 10, 2011 at 03:35 AM in reply to CH
      It's to inform the community, genius. The family has been through a lot, and people are praying for them right and left. But the community is informed of stuff like this everyday and I don't see you complaining about those situations. WITN is just doing their job. If you don't like it, don't read it.
  • by se on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    WHAT A FREAK! how could you cut someone up????? OMG!
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      by Filet Of Soul on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:19 PM in reply to se
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        by Terry on Aug 10, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to Filet Of Soul
        That is one of the most insensitive comments I have ever heard. This was someone's mother and child. These people are monsters and this is not a situation to poke fun at. I am a mother who has lost a child and there is NOTHING worse. Your comment is disgusting and shows your mentality...
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