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Defense blames wife of Grant Hayes for ex-girlfriend's murder

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the trial of a Raleigh man accused of killing and dismembering a Kinston woman 2 years ago.
     
Laura Ackerson went missing in July 2011. Her dismembered body turned up more than a week later along a creek in Texas.

The father of her children, Grant Hayes and his wife face charges in her death.    

In today's arguments, prosecutors said they'll prove the pair killed Ackerson, chopped her into pieces, put them in several coolers, and drove them to Texas in a U-Haul.

Defense attorneys said it was his wife, Amanda, who killed Ackerson and that Grant only helped in covering up the unplanned attack.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Hayes faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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