WJTV News Channel 12 - Ackerson's father pleased Grant Hayes convicted of murder

Ackerson's father pleased Grant Hayes convicted of murder

Posted: Updated:
Grant Hayes was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of his ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson. Grant Hayes was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of his ex-girlfriend, Laura Ackerson.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A Wake County jury found Grant Hayes guilty of first-degree murder Monday morning, taking only an hour and a half to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Prosecutors say the Raleigh man and his wife Amanda, lured Hayes' ex-girlfriend Laura Ackerson to their apartment in 2011, killed her, and dismembered her body. Her remains were found dumped in a Texas creek, where Amanda had family. The motive, say investigators, was a custody dispute over the two children Hayes had with Ackerson.

During the trial prosecutors showed the jury video of Grant Hayes buying a high-powered saw at a Walmart. Its believed he used the saw to dispose of Ackerson.

The defense had argued Amanda Hayes did the killing and Grant Hayes simply helped cover it up. In the end, the jury didn't buy it.

"A jury verdict in an hour and a half speaks louder than anything anyone can say," Judge Donald Stephens said after the verdict.

Stephens sentenced Hayes to life in prison without parole, and Hayes was handcuffed without showing any emotion. Hayes did not address the court after the verdict.

Outside the courtroom Monday, defense attorney Will Durham said, "We are obviously disappointed."

Meanwhile, Roger Ackerson, Laura's father, spoke with WNCN about the outcome.

"Take a person who has no conscience -- no concept of even what he has done -- and put him behind bars and leave him there for the rest of his life? Good," Ackerson said.

He continued, "I will never get my little girl back. But at the same time, when I bury her when I get back [home], at least I'll be able to say, 'Hey, we got the guy that got you.'"

The defense said it planned to appeal.

Amanda Hayes faces trial for murder in January.

RELATED STORIES

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:58:35 GMT
    (WMC) - It was a story that made its rounds on social media. On a recent flight DeAngelo Williams, Mid-Southerner and running back for the Carolina Panthers, gave his first-class plane seat to a 77-year-old
    Family members are upset and hurt that their relative, James Wesley Bolden, is being called a liar and "a fake."
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:56 AM EDT2014-07-25 06:56:56 GMT
    The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.
    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.