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Trial begins for Wake Co. woman accused of killing husband's ex-girlfriend

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The trial of a Wake County woman accused of killing her husband's ex-girlfriend and dumping her dismembered body in a Texas creek began Tuesday.

Prosecutors have said that Amanda Hayes and her husband Grant Hayes killed Laura Ackerson. Ackerson is the ex-girlfriend of Hayes and the mother of his two children.

During a hearing last month, Amanda Hayes' defense attorney Johnny Gaskins said he found a biohazard suit and latex gloves inside the SUV that prosecutors said transported the dismembered remains of Ackerson to Texas, where her remains were later discovered in a creek.

Gaskins hoped to prove Grant Hayes used the items and that his client was not responsible for the murder.

She pleaded not guilty last month to murder. In September 2013, a jury found her husband, Grant, guilty of killing Ackerson in July 2011.

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