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Wake Grand Jury Issues New Indictment Against Grant Hayes' Wife

Grant & Amanda Hayes

Grant & Amanda Hayes

The wife of a man who was convicted last month for killing a Kinston mother has now been indicted on a new charge.

A Wake County grand jury on Monday indicted Amanda Hayes for being an accessory after the fact of murder.

The Raleigh woman had already been indicted for the first degree murder of Laura Ackerson of Kinston.

In 2011, Ackerson's dismembered body was found in a Texas creek, several days after Kinston police reported her missing.

Last month, Grant Hayes was found guilty of first degree murder and was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole. He was the father of Ackerson's two sons and the two had been involved in a custody dispute before her disappearance.

Amanda Hayes was supposed to stand trial early next year for her part in the Ackerson murder.

The indictment says on July 13, 2011 after Grant Hayes killed Ackerson, Amanda Hayes helped her husband in "escaping detection and arrest and punishment."

It's not immediately known why the Wake County District Attorney's Office also sought the indictment on the lesser charge.

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