Amanda Hayes is on trial for first degree murder and dismemberment in the death of 27-year-old Laura Ackerson. Prosecutors claim that Amanda and her husband Grant killed Laura at their Raleigh apartment in July 2011 during an argument over Laura’s custody battle with her ex, Grant Hayes. Grant was convicted of her murder in 2013 and is currently serving a life sentence. Grant claims that Amanda killed Laura in self-defense. Opening statements began on January 27, 2014.
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