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Couple accused of Kinston mother's murder won't be tried together

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The couple charged with killing a Kinston woman will not go to trial together.

Monday, a superior court judge in Raleigh ordered separate trials for Grant and Amanda Hayes. Both were set to go to trial together next month.

The judge decided that was a bad idea, saying there were concerns of a possible mistrial and denying each defendant their right to a fair trial. 

Both are charged in the death of Kinston native, and Grant Hayes' ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson.

She went missing in July of 2011. Her remains were found a few weeks later in Richmond, Texas, where Amanda Hayes' sister lives.

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