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Custody Battle Possible Motive In Ackerson Killing

In domestic law on July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm
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RALEIGH, N.C.Texas officials called off the search for the rest of Laura Ackerson’s remains after they were positively identified as that of the missing Kinston mother.

On Tuesday, officials determined that the remains found in Oyster Creek, Texas were Laura Ackerson’s using dental records. Officials say they called the search for the rest of the remains off because they say there is nothing more they can do. Ackerson was reported missing roughly two weeks ago after she never picked up her children from their father, Grant Hayes.

Hayes and his wife, Amanda, were both charged with Ackerson’s murder. They made an appearance in Wake County court on Tuesday. A judge appointed the Hayes’ with a public defender. They will both remain in jail under no bond. A probable cause hearing was set for August 16.

RALEIGH, N.C.- There’s new information tonight in the homicide investigation of Laura Ackerson, the Kinston mother who went missing nearly two weeks ago.  Raleigh Police arrested Ackerson’s ex-boyfriend and father of her two children Grant Hayes and his wife Amanda in Kinston Monday and charged them with murder.  Tuesday, they both faced a judge in wake county court and are being held without bond. 

One of the big questions is what really happened in the days leading up to Ackerson’s disappearance.  That’s right Amanda the timeline of when Laura ackerson was last seen is still full of holes.  We’re going to go back to the days just before Ackerson disappeared.  In e-mails to her good friend in New York City, Ackerson was sharing sweet memories of her children, and plans for the future.

Before Laura Ackerson met and settled down with Grant Hayes, she dated James Harrison.  The two remained friends after their break-up and Harrison says he met Hayes on several occasions.  He says he seemed like a great guy. 

“For them to do something like this, or be accused of something like this is just completely mind boggling,” said Harrison.  “But the worst part about it is that Laura is gone.”

Harrison and Ackerson exchanged e-mails on July 11th and 12th, just before she went missing.  She talked about watching the world cup with her boys- “watching it over ice cream cones at the ice cream shop.”  In her last e-mail to Harrison on July 12th, she responded to an invitation to visit him in New York City saying it would be a “blast”.  These are the surveillance photos of Laura Ackerson Raleigh Police say were taken the morning of July 13th- police won’t say where they were taken but there are reports this is the last day anyone saw Ackerson- she was dropping her kids off at Hayes’s home in Raleigh.  Authorities in Kinston and Raleigh will not confirm that, but the arrest reports for Grant and Amanda Hayes say they killed Ackerson on July 13th.  While Ackerson’s friend Chevon Mathes was reporting her missing to Kinston Police on Monday July 18th, detectives say Grant and Amanda Hayes were in Richmond, Texas visiting Amanda’s sister who lives by Oyster Creek.

“It’s believed that the actual homicide actually occurred in North Carolina where the suspects evidently purchases some ice chests, dismembered the body, placed it in the ice chests, acquired a U-Haul trailer, put the ice chests in the trailer and transported her through several states to Fort Bend County where they tossed her remains into Oyster Creek,” said Chief Deputy Craig Brady, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Raleigh Police confirmed the remains found in oyster creek have been positively identified as Laura Ackerson’s.  Dive teams from the sheriff’s office and local fire departments there in Texas continued searching the creek Tuesday for the rest of Ackerson’s remains.  On Monday, they told us they recovered about 60% of her body from the water. 

Grant and Amanda Hayes were brought in separately for their hearing in Wake County Tuesday afternoon.  A judge appointed public defenders for the couple and set their probable cause hearing for August 16th. 




Custody Battle For Murdered Kinston Woman And Murder Suspect’s Children

In domestic law on July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm
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LENOIR COUNTY — We’re getting new information on the bitter custody battle between Laura Ackerson and Grant Hayes. Hayes had custody of the children he fathered with Ackerson. So where are the boys tonight?

The 2 children of Grant Hayes and Laura Ackerson are reportedly with Hayes’ parents…for now. It appears the children were at their grandparents’ house at the time of their father’s arrest, but Hayes and Ackerson had been battling for custody for months, so it’s unclear who will get custody in the long-term.

Ackerson filed a complaint against Hayes in September of 2010. She wanted custody of her 2 boys. At the time, Hayes lived in Manhattan, but by the time he filed a counter complaint on May 17th, of this year, he was living in Wake County.

Hayes got a lawyer and was awarded emergency custody of his children on June 15th. That document reads “the defendant (Hayes) is the fit and proper person to have the care, custody, and control of the minor children.”

The Department of Social Services evaluated the children at the time their father was arrested and released them to the custody of “family members” We went to check on who has the kids, but no one was at the Hayes’ Kinston home to talk to us about the children.

The most recent legal custody arrangement was made on June 29th. That’s when Hayes and Ackerson filed a consent order It reads “the parties and attorneys have agreed to settle the issues of temporary child custody by executing this consent order.” Under this agreement, Ackerson would have visitation with her children on the weekends, but primary temporary custody would go to Hayes. They agreed on every detail from sleeping arrangements for the kids to who would take their youngest to a doctor’s appointment in Cary on July 2nd. Hayes, Ackerson, and both their children were also supposed to go through child custody forensic psychiatric evaluation. The children and their parents were supposed to go back to court September 15th to see if the consent order was working for everyone and to review their psychiatric evaluations.

Grant Hayes’ parents have not filed a petition with the Lenoir County court for temporary custody — even though the children are staying with them.

Grant Hayes also has an infant with his wife, Amanda. That child is not part of this custody battle.



NC: New details: Missing Kinston mother’s volatile custodybattle

In domestic law on July 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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KINSTON, N.C.- We have new photos of Laura Ackerson, the young mother from Kinston who went missing last week.

KINSTON, N.C.- We have new photos of Laura Ackerson, the young mother from Kinston who went missing last week.  Raleigh Police have released these surveillance photos of Ackerson- taken last Wednesday morning- the same day she was last seen in RaleighRaleigh Police found her car outside an apartment complex earlier this week but there is still no sign of her.

Laura Ackerson



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