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Jury finds ex-boyfriend guilty in Laura Ackerson murder trial

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The jury has reached a verdict in the Grant Hayes murder trial. The Raleigh man is charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson from Kinston, over a custody dispute.

After less than two hours of deliberations, the jury found Hayes guilty of 1st degree murder.

During the trial, prosecutors argued Hayesand his wife Amanda lured Ackerson to their Raleigh apartment in the summer of 2011. They argued the couple murdered her, dismembered her, and dumped her remains in a Texas creek.

The defense said Amanda Hayes did the killign and Grant Hayes only helped cover it up. Amanda Hayes goes on trial for murder in January.

Stay with 9 On Your Side as we continue to follow this story.


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A break in the trial against a man accused of killing a Kinston woman in 2011.
     
DNA analysis from the North Carolina state crime lab shows Laura Ackerson's DNA in Grant Hayes' trash can.
     
The DNA came off a blue latex glove.
     
Prosecutors say Hayes killed Ackerson, his ex-girlfriend, and dumped her body in Texas.
     
Hayes' attorneys say it was his wife who killed Ackerson after an argument and Hayes only helped get rid of the body.
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