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Post by ishi on Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:34 pm

Thank you so much, Nan11 for all the updates! Now to watch all the videos from today.....
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Post by Nan11 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:53 pm

Mr. Wolfe shares a few tweets.  We'll have a nice article later.
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Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
"Garbage time" takes a non-sports context today as we go through piece after piece of garbage in the state's evidence in #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
The discovery of what could be described as murder scene clean-up detritus given the monotonous item-by-item ID treatment. #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
Earlier was Chick-fil-A CCTV video showing Amanda Hayes with the 3 kids at a CFA at 9:21 p.m. night of Ackerson disappearance.

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
That's roughly 4.5-5 hours after Laura Ackerson's last known recorded communication. #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
...and there's -- allegedly -- Grant Hayes' Starter-brand gray boxer-briefs that were found in the trash w/ the other garbage on 7/29/11.

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
All this two-year-old garbage has been stored by the state in irregularly sized brown paper bags. There's quite a bit of it. #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
Afternoon break. // Earlier this morning, prosecutors introduced into evidence Facebook messages Grant Hayes sent. #hayestrial

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Grant wrote at different times the custody battle put him $85K down and he was having trouble making a living in NC. #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
During cross-exam, defense cousel's questions of a detective attempted to show a timeline to disprove premeditation. #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
Also, when serving a search warrant on Amanda Hayes, the detective said she was "relaxed and composed." #hayestrial

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
Judge Stephens starting court at 9 a.m. tomorrow. I'll be in the newsroom, but it's clear there's an effort to get this done by Friday.

Wes Wolfe‏@WolfeReports
Last hour of testimony came from a forensic field investigator who so far said she found basically nothing of note in bathroom of concern.

https://twitter.com/WolfeReports
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Post by Nan11 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:56 pm

ishi wrote:Thank  you so much, Nan11 for all the updates! Now to watch all the videos from today.....
You are very welcome, Ishi.  

It's was a long day.  I'm going to go through them to see if I can grab a few screen shots, but that's about all the energy I have.
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Post by ishi on Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:04 pm

It certainly has been a long day, Nan! So grateful you are posting all of this info so I can absorb what I missed!
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Post by Nan11 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:59 pm



This is the note Grant scribbled on the back of an envelope.  It appears he thought he might be required to make an appeal to the public to help find Laura.

It's hard to read, so here is a transcript of the part I thought was most interesting.

#3)  If anyone has seen Laura please call the police department.  And Laura:  Grant and Gentle ask for you.  If you’re listening to this broadcast, please call us.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12867193/#/vid12867193
At about 11:30 minutes in video.
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Post by Nan11 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:04 pm



This is the note Grant wrote giving custody of his three children to his parents.  It is signed by both Amanda and himself.  (Sorry I didn't think to link that, but below is the transcript as the detective read the note.
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"I, Grant Hayes, leave Gentle, and Grant, and Lily Hayes in the sole custody of Grant and Patsy Hayes."
Dated July 24, 2011
Appears to be signed by Grant Hayes and Amanda Hayes
It also has Raleigh Pediatrics with two phone numbers on the bottom of the page.
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Post by Nan11 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:11 pm



Here is the picture of one of the towels from today.  I wanted to mention this because I read a media report about a 'bloody' towel.

The media is mistaken--according to court this afternoon, the towel is not bloody.  It was burgundy until someone poured bleach on it.

Think Arias. It seems to be all the rage now-a-days.  Murder someone, gather everything up and toss it in the washer, pour in a little bleach, and viola! law enforcement can't catch you.  (Except, sometimes they do.)  LOL

Anyway, below is a little transcript.
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@32:40 Day 7, Pt. 7
http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12868790/#/vid12868790

Prosecutor:   Now to be clear, is that a white towel that has red stuff on it, or is that a red towel that has been bleached white?

Sgt. Brian Hall:  That would have been originally a red or rose colored towel that has some sort of bleached discoloration.
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Post by Nan11 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:17 pm





The top picture is one of three mats they found in the trash.  I added the bottom picture to show where at least one of them appears to have been positioned in the home.

I find it a little bit strange, I don't know why they threw them out.
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:41 pm

Nan, you are awesome!  Thank you for all the links, videos, and images!

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Post by ishi on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:47 pm

Sad The note he wrote for his future tv appearance to plea for her return really got to me. And here I thought Jodi had innoculated me against shock at the things people will do to get away with murder. That note was so inhumane for some reason.
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:10 am

These are some of Grant's Facebook messages that were read in court today.  I posted the first one full size, but the others you can click on their thumbnails to read.

I tried to put them in order of their date and times.  (The times are shown on them but it is 4 hours behind the time shown, I think.)  The first message is from the 13th of July--the last day Laura was alive.  The thumbnails are from the last two days before he was arrested.  (He was arrested around 1:00 am of the 25th.)

It's pretty disgusting to read how he asked people for their prayers, and blamed everything on Laura--and now we know he new exactly where she was, because he had put her there.  Or, at the very least, helped.
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 July 13, 2011

 July 23, 2011 @ 8:11 pm    July 23, 2011 @ 9:05 pm    July 23, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

 July 23, 2011 @ 9:51 pm    July 23, 2011 @ 10:54 pm    July 23, 2011

 July 24, 2011 @ 8:07 pm    July 24, 2011 @ 8:48 pm    July 24, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

 July 24, 2011
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:13 am

@ishi

That note was intended not only to disassociate himself from Laura's murder but also to make her look bad, and to elicit sympathy for himself. It just shows how sick and twisted his mind is. He is a horrible imitation of a human being.
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:16 am

ishi wrote:Sad The note he wrote for his future tv appearance to plea for her return really got to me. And here I thought Jodi had innoculated me against shock at the things people will do to get away with murder. That note was so inhumane for some reason.
I agree.  There is really something about that note and some of his Facebook messages that show pretty much his true colors; and it's not a pleasant sight.

I can still see the picture of Laura I posted this morning with her baby's little chubby fist holding tight to her bathing suit strap, and it just breaks my heart.

This is so sad and so unnecessary, that it makes me want to cry.
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:31 am

@CP  You were right about the yellow vacuum.  It belonged to Amanda and Grant.

I went back to the video of Sha's testimony and she identified both vacuums--the deep red one belonged to her now husband.

The prosecutor that gave the opening statement told us to watch for where Sha's vacuum was found.  Now I'm wondering if I missed it.  There just can't be that much left to come.  The judge is going to send the case to the jury if they don't finish pretty soon.  LOL

I have no idea when the defense is going to present their case.  I hope they planned on keeping it short.

Anyway, if I don't get out of here I'll be late in the morning.  (And the judge might have the trial finished before I get up.)  
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:39 am

Nan11 wrote:@CP  You were right about the yellow vacuum.  It belonged to Amanda and Grant.

I went back to the video of Sha's testimony and she identified both vacuums--the deep red one belonged to her now husband.

The prosecutor that gave the opening statement told us to watch for where Sha's vacuum was found.  Now I'm wondering if I missed it.  There just can't be that much left to come.  The judge is going to send the case to the jury if they don't finish pretty soon.  LOL

I have no idea when the defense is going to present their case.  I hope they planned on keeping it short.

Anyway, if I don't get out of here I'll be late in the morning.  (And the judge might have the trial finished before I get up.)  
Thanks for the clarification on the vacuum, Nan.  If the yellow one was really broken, I'm not surprised it was thrown away (I've thrown away more than one that was broken).  But I'm wondering if they found something interesting in the bag (vacuumed up evidence?).  If not, why even bring it up?

If the judge wants this done by Friday, the defense would have to be short.

I hate to say this, but my concern about this case is that I haven't heard anything about a murder weapon, or cause of death (both apparently undetermined), or seen any proof that Grant actually committed the murder.  Circumstantially, it looks like he did it, but I can see how there's reasonable doubt that Amanda could have done it, if she had a grudge against Laura, too, even though there's been no evidence (yet) of that. I would hate to see this guy walk, but I'm not sure the prosecution has proved it beyond a reasonable doubt.  I almost think he'd have a better chance of being convicted if they had been tried together, or if Amanda's trial had happened first. But there's still more to come, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:44 am

CuriousPortlander wrote:Thanks for the clarification on the vacuum, Nan.  If the yellow one was really broken, I'm not surprised it was thrown away (I've thrown away more than one that was broken).  But I'm wondering if they found something interesting in the bag (vacuumed up evidence?).  If not, why even bring it up?

If the judge wants this done by Friday, the defense would have to be short.

I hate to say this, but my concern about this case is that I haven't heard anything about a murder weapon, or cause of death (both apparently undetermined), or seen any proof that Grant actually committed the murder.  Circumstantially, it looks like he did it, but I can see how there's reasonable doubt that Amanda could have done it, if she had a grudge against Laura, too, even though there's been no evidence (yet) of that. I would hate to see this guy walk, but I'm not sure the prosecution has proved it beyond a reasonable doubt.  I almost think he'd have a better chance of being convicted if they had been tried together, or if Amanda's trial had happened first. But there's still more to come, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Welp, we don't know that it was really broken when originally thrown out.  If it is not working now, that could have happened since it was placed in the garbage.

And I'm hoping I didn't miss the introduction of the maroon one, so there may still be one to come.  Since at least this one was important enough to be mentioned in opening statements, maybe there will be something in it--if not the yellow one.  IDK

Yes, we are not going to see a murder weapon or hear a cause of death.  They found Laura's remains--there is no doubt she was murdered.

The prosecutors have shown motive, means, and opportunity.  There is no smoking gun--no eyewitness; not enough left of the person they murdered to determine the how of it.  But that it happened has been proven.

There is a ton of circumstantial evidence.  The jury should not overlook that.

That being said, I would like to read the charging document for Mr. Hayes.  I agree that it benefited the defense of both Amanda and Grant to have separate trials--because what this really was is two people who conspired together to commit an unthinkable murder.  Only one hand wield the weapon, but they were partners in everything else.  imo


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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:02 am

Here is Mr. Wolfe's article.  He answered one question of mine--the mats in the living room of the apartment only matched the bath mats.  The ones found in the trash appear to be smaller, so from the bathroom.
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Kinston . com | Detectives testify on tracking the Hayes’ to Kinston, rounding up evidence

By Wes Wolfe / Staff Writer | Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 21:11 PM.

RALEIGH — When news from Texas led local TV stations to report he and his wife were already arrested, Grant Hayes exited his parents’ house in Kinston and began chain-smoking.

{Snipped}

. . .bath mats that have the same colors and pattern as a living room rug in the apartment, and several items of clothing.

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. . . and a gray pair of Starter-brand men’s boxer-briefs.  

An identical pair of the boxer-briefs was shown in a photo taken at Grant Hayes’ parents’ residence during the search of the house by RPD Detective Zeke Morse.

{Snipped}

He also sent Ackerson a message the day before she vanished saying she should possibly take the children, because he was only allowed custody while staying in North Carolina, and said he couldn’t make a living in the state.

{Snipped}

By the end of the Monday court session, she hadn’t said she found evidence of blood in the bathroom. She returns to the stand today.

Court resumes at 9 a.m. today at the Wake County Justice Center.


Read more:  http://www.kinston.com/news/local/detectives-testify-on-tracking-the-hayes-to-kinston-rounding-up-evidence-1.200138?page=0
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Post by Summertime on Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:06 am

I do know this is a silly question, but they showed 2 brushes that were found in their garbage yesterday. They were gray and all twisted (from over use...or scrubbing?). We're they vacuum brushes?
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:12 am

Summertime wrote:I do know this is a silly question, but they showed 2 brushes that were found in their garbage yesterday. They were gray and all twisted (from over use...or scrubbing?). We're they vacuum brushes?
Morning, Summertime!  They appeared more like old fashioned scrubbing brushes, possibly some of them even had short wooden handles. I think the kind powered by elbow grease.

I agree that the 'twist' came from scrubbing and overuse.
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Post by Summertime on Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:15 am

Thanks nan, xoxo
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:16 am

Following are the live stream links for the trial today.  Very Happy
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WRAL
http://www.wral.com/news/video/12826677/#/vid12826677

ABC
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/livenow?id=9223333

WildAboutTrial
http://wildabouttrial.com/grant-hayes-live-stream.html


And:

A few of us may be in Chat!  Hope you join us!
http://www.realitychatter.com/h10-chat


**If you are following the Bashara case, please still join us!  We are following them both!

Link for Bob's case:
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Post by Summertime on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:32 pm

Is the judge going to allow the psychological study that was done for the custody case....to come in as evidence. I missed that ruling.
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:13 pm

Summertime wrote:Is the judge going to allow the psychological study that was done for the custody case....to come in as evidence.  I missed that ruling.
According to the prosecutor's opening statement, she is supposed to testify, Summertime!

I've been waiting to hear from her.  It has to be soon.  I think her name is Dr. Ginger Calloway.
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:27 pm

Following are the videos for Day 8 of the trial.
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 1)

Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of Shannon Quick, a senior agent with the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification.

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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 2)

Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of Jennifer Remy, a hair and fiber analyst for the North Carolina State Crime Lab.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12871885/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 3)

Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of McKensie DeHaan, a body fluid analyst fiber analyst for the North Carolina State Crime Lab.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12871891/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 4)

Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of Sharon Hinton, a forensic DNA analyst for the North Carolina State Crime Lab.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12871898/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 5)

Part 1 of Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of Courtney Last, a computer forensics analyst with the Raleigh Police Department.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12873436/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 6)

Part 2 of Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of Courtney Last, a computer forensics analyst with the Raleigh Police Department.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12873446/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 7)

Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of Barbara Patty.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12873449/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 8 pt 8)

Sept. 10, 2013, testimony of John Sargeant.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12873452/


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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:31 pm

WRAL | Ackerson's DNA found on latex gloves from Hayes' trash

Raleigh, N.C. — A DNA analyst for the North Carolina State Crime Lab testified Tuesday that Laura Ackerson's DNA was found on a blue latex glove found in the trash from the Raleigh apartment complex of her ex-boyfriend, who is on trial for her July 2011 death

Read on:  http://www.wral.com/ackerson-s-dna-found-on-latex-gloves-from-hayes-trash/12871189/
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Post by Nan11 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:38 pm

ABC11 | SBI: Glove found in Hayes' trash had Ackerson's blood on it



The latex gloves pulled from the garbage provided the first physical evidence that Ackerson's body may have been in the Hayes' apartment.

A SBI DNA analyst told jurors that much of the DNA evidence from the apartment may have been destroyed by cleaning agents like bleach.


Read more: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9242855
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:21 pm

Nan, thanks for your comments on evidence against Grant. I agree that they've shown motive, means, and opportunity, and that they both had a hand in this. I hope they are both found guilty.

I've searched and searched for the charges against Grant, but all I can find is that he's charged with murder. I guess we'll have to wait until the judge goes over them with the jury.
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Post by Freckles on Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:56 pm

John Sargeant, atty:
http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12873452/#/vid12873452

This atty is precise and careful.
Notice how he has carefully tied the necktie.
The pattern, a dot, is precisely centered in the top knot.
That takes time, skill, attention to small details.
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:30 am

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Post by Freckles on Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:35 am

Will we know the results of the evaluation done by Dr. Calloway?
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:06 am

Battle over children pitted Hayes, Ackerson against each other

Posted: 6:44 p.m. yesterday
Updated: 7:13 p.m. yesterday


Raleigh, N.C. — Months before her death two years ago, Laura Ackerson expressed concerns about her safety to the Kinston lawyer she hired to represent her in a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend, Grant Hayes, over their young sons who were in his care, the attorney said Tuesday in Hayes' first-degree murder trial.

We had a conversation that she not put herself in a situation where she would be alone with him," John Sargeant told jurors of the March 2011 conversation with the 27-year-old Ackerson, whom Wake County prosecutors say Hayes killed July 13, 2011, in his Raleigh apartment after inviting her for a rare mid-week visit with the children.

By the time of their conversation that spring, Sargeant said, Ackerson had received the results of a court-ordered psychological evaluation and was optimistic that she might get, at a minimum, split custody of her boys, who were in the primary care of their father and whom she only saw on weekends.

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"She believed he was starting to get desperate. She believed the evaluation was going her way, and she believed Mr. Hayes knew the evaluation was not going his way," Sargeant said.

A marked-up copy of a report on that evaluation, police investigators testified Monday, was found in Hayes' SUV after his arrest, and prosecutors say it was the custody case that led him to plan her death, cover it up by dismembering her body and dump her remains in a Richmond, Texas, creek.

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Husband and wife ‘kill and dismember mother of his sons a MONTH after having  baby so family can start new life in Virgin Islands’

By Fiona Roberts
UPDATED: 16:21 EST, 26 July 2011

Idyllic? Grant Hayes posted this photograph on his Facebook page of him with his wife, Amanda, his two sons and their new daughter Lillian, who was born on June 9 this year


Happy couple: Grant and Amanda Hayes, who married last March, pictured with their new daughter. They have now both been charged with murder after the dismembered body of Hayes's ex-girlfriend was found in a creek

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018717/Laura-Ackerson-killed-ex-boyfriend-wife-start-new-life-Virgin-Islands.html
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Hello Thursday Grant Haze

MrGrantHaze 14 videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_65dp7jgfHQ#action=share

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2018717/Laura-Ackerson-killed-ex-boyfriend-wife-start-new-life-Virgin-Islands.html
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Grant Haze: Promo

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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:53 am

Alessandra_Deux and Freckles - Thanks for all the great links.  

I noticed two of those YouTube videos were recorded right in the apartment in Raleigh where [allegedly] they murdered Laura.  His Midnight Train video is in the dinning room area--you can see the same dining room table and chairs; and the same mats on the floor  (as in the crime scene photos from trial.)

And the Show me ur woman video is further into the living room--closer to the deck.  He is sitting on the leather sofa that he sold on Craig's List, a few days after Laura's murder.
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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:57 am

Following are the live stream links for the trial today.  
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WRAL
http://www.wral.com/news/video/12826677/#/vid12826677

ABC
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/livenow?id=9223333

WildAboutTrial
http://wildabouttrial.com/grant-hayes-live-stream.html


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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:53 pm

Following are the links to the trial videos for today!

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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 1)

Sept. 11, 2013, testimony of John Sargeant.


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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 2)

Part 1 of Sept. 11, 2013, testimony of Ginger Calloway.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12877104/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 3)

Part 2 of Sept. 11, 2013, testimony of Ginger Calloway.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12877108/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 4)

Sept. 11, 2013, testimony of Lindsey Dyn.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12877606/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 5)

Sept. 11, 2013, testimony of anthropologist Ann Ross.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12877610/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 6)

Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 9 pt 6) Sept. 11, 2013, testimony of Pablo Trinidad.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12877613/
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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:06 pm

WRAL | Psychologist suggested Hayes be evaluated for 'illogical disturbed thinking'

Posted: 3:08 p.m. today (9/11/13) | Updated: 39 minutes ago

Raleigh, N.C. — A psychologist who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation on both Laura Ackerson and Grant Hayes as part of an ongoing child custody dispute testified Wednesday in Hayes' murder trial that, despite allegations that Ackerson was mentally unstable, she made no such findings but did suggest that he be further evaluated.

"It's recommended that Grant be referred to a psychiatrist for evaluation regarding the question of a mood disorder or other possible explanations for the illogical, disturbed thinking that he exhibits," Ginger Calloway read from her May 16, 2011, analysis in which she also recommended Hayes and Ackerson split custody of their 2- and 3-year-old sons.


Read more:  http://www.wral.com/psychologist-suggested-hayes-be-evaluated-for-illogical-disturbed-thinking-/12876778/

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WRAL | Hayes lured Ackerson, 'planned out' her death, jail inmate testifies

Posted: 42 minutes ago (9/11/13) | Updated: 22 minutes ago



Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend more than two years ago allegedly told a fellow inmate at the Wake County Detention Center shortly after the crime that he lured her to his apartment and that he and his wife strangled her because he was tired of the yearlong custody battle over the two young sons they shared.

"He already had it planned out what he was going to do," Pablo Trinidad, now serving 21 years in federal prison on drug charges, told jurors late Wednesday afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Grant Hayes.


Read more:  http://www.wral.com/hayes-lured-ackerson-planned-out-her-death-jail-inmate-testifies/12877586/
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ABC11 | Raleigh psychologist in Ackerson murder trial was concerned by Hayes' behavior

Updated at 04:22 PM today (9/11/13)



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Calloway did not testify as an expert. She simply confirmed statements in a report she filed two months before the murder.

Among her comments, Calloway described Hayes as irrational when it came to Ackerson and said he had anger issues - possibly related to drug use.

"It is recommended that Grant be referred to a psychiatrist for evaluation regarding the question of a mood disorder or other possible explanations for the illogical disturbed thinking he exhibits," said Calloway.


Read more:  http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9244331
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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:29 pm

There is a video at this link, but it doesn't work for me.  There were a couple of things here that I didn't see mentioned in the other articles.
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News 14 Carolina | Fellow inmate tells jury Grant Hayes planned Ackerson's murder

Ginger Calloway saw just what kind of a mother Ackerson was when she observed her and her son Gentle together just months before her death.

“She was very attentive to him and was sort of going with what he wanted in the room,” Calloway said.

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“In some ways Mr. Hayes seemed uncomfortable in relation to Gentle and used directions easily used for a children older than Gentle,” Calloway said.


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Post by CuriousPortlander on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:46 pm

From this link that Nan posted above (http://www.wral.com/hayes-lured-ackerson-planned-out-her-death-jail-inmate-testifies/12877586/:

"(He) said his wife was a good woman and that he wished she was the mother of his kids instead of the victim," Trinidad said. "That's when he started talking to me more about the case then. It stemmed from that conversation."

Amanda was a "good woman"?  The one who helped kill Amanda and dismember her and dispose of her body?  Seriously?  That's what he thinks a good woman is?  Laura was a good woman, not Amanda.  This guy is truly a psycho!
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Post by CuriousPortlander on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:48 pm

Nan, thank you for all the great posts.  I missed this afternoon's testimony, so I missed the inmate testifying that Grant confessed to him.  Thanks for posting the links so I can go back and watch it!
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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:57 pm

CuriousPortlander wrote:From this link that Nan posted above (http://www.wral.com/hayes-lured-ackerson-planned-out-her-death-jail-inmate-testifies/12877586/:

"(He) said his wife was a good woman and that he wished she was the mother of his kids instead of the victim," Trinidad said. "That's when he started talking to me more about the case then. It stemmed from that conversation."

Amanda was a "good woman"?  The one who helped kill Amanda and dismember her and dispose of her body?  Seriously?  That's what he thinks a good woman is?  Laura was a good woman, not Amanda.  This guy is truly a psycho!
Totally agree, here, CP! Of course, that was back in the day before they started the he did--no--she did game. They are not speaking so highly of one another currently. I guess the honeymoon stage has ended.

Now Miss Amanda is saying he even dared to threaten her life, in a letter exchanged while in jail--or some such allegation. It will be interesting to see if hard evidence of the threat surfaces during her trial.
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Post by Nan11 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:14 pm

 I wish I could get a clearer screen shot of this, but it is really hard to read even when blown up full screen.  The solid black lines indicate where the saw was used.  You can go to about 34:14 at this video and see it as they showed it in court today.  

 Stab wound in the C4 anterior region of Laura's neck


 This picture didn't come from the trial.  I thought it might give a better idea of the location of the C4 anterior region.
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Post by Nan11 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:50 am

Following are the live stream links for the trial today.  
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WRAL
http://www.wral.com/news/video/12826677/#/vid12826677

ABC
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/livenow?id=9223333

WildAboutTrial
http://wildabouttrial.com/grant-hayes-live-stream.html


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Below are the videos from today's testimony in the Hayes trial.
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 1)

Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Pablo Trinidad.


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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 2)
Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Dr. Deborah Radisch, chief medical examiner for the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12879831/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 3)

Part 1 of Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Raleigh police detective Jerry Faulk.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881211/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 4)

Part 2 of Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Raleigh police detective Jerry Faulk.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881213/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 5)

Part 3 of Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Raleigh police detective Jerry Faulk.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881218/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 6)

Part 4 of Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Raleigh police detective Jerry Faulk.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881219/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 7)

Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Randy Jenkins.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881223/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 8)

Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Susan Dufur.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881228/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 9)

Wake County prosecutors play "Broomstick Rider" for jurors before resting their case against Grant Hayes on Sept. 12, 2013.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881232/
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Grant Hayes trial testimony (Day 10 pt 10)

Sept. 12, 2013, testimony of Karen Berry.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12881237/
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WRAL | Hayes' attorney challenges inmate's confession claims

Posted: 12:31 p.m. today | Updated: 5:01 p.m. today

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Radisch, the state's chief medical examiner, testified Thursday that she found some evidence of possible strangulation as well as a puncture wound in the neck at the fourth vertebra of the spine

But she said because of the conditions of the remains she couldn't determine for certain if Ackerson had been strangled to death or stabbed to death.

"My final conclusion was that I didn't have enough information with the parts we received to determine the exact cause of death," she said. "I called it undetermined homicidal violence."

On cross-examination though, she added that, at the time of the autopsy, she was not aware that a Texas medical examiner had crushed Ackerson' thyroid cartilage, which was the basis for her finding of possible strangulation.


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Read more:  http://www.wral.com/hayes-attorney-challenges-inmate-s-confession-claims/12879751/
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Post by Nan11 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:22 pm

ABC11 | Prosecution rests in Raleigh murder trial of Grant Hayes



Updated at 06:58 PM today  (9/12/11)

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Another courtroom shocker happened right before Berry took the stand for the defense. The prosecution wrapped its case with Walmart video of Grant Hayes buying a reciprocating saw at 2 a.m., and a hate song written about Ackerson called "Broomstick Rider."

As the music played, Hayes leaned back to watch the lyrics on the big screen and even rocked to the beat.

In another setback for the defense just before the trial wrapped for the day, Berry, who earlier said Amanda admitted "hurting Laura Ackerson bad" testified that Amanda later nodded her head when asked if she was just covering for Grant Hayes.

Berry will be back on the stand Friday morning.


Read more:  http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9245748


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News 14 Carolina | State rests in Grant Hayes murder trial

By: Diana Bosch | Thursday, September 12, 2013

RALEIGH -- Before the state rested in the Grant Hayes murder trial on Thursday, the jury listened to a song he wrote about the custody battle between him and Laura Ackerson.

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Hayes moved to the beat of his song "Broomstick Rider" as it played in the courtroom. The song outlines the bitter custody battle between him and Ackerson.

The chorus of the song says, “Baby Mama, don't want your drama, I've got two kids by you can't take anymore from you.”

It was never released but included a warning to the young mother.

“You must have told your attorney I got intentions on killing you. What? Might stop me, but my bullets will get you soon,” Hayes raps on the track.

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Another song Hayes wrote, “Man Killer,” also featured disturbing lyrics illustrating a scenario of him choking someone.

“Don't raise your arms, you can't stop me, I'll put my hands on your throat and squeeze,” the lyrics read.


Read more:  http://triad.news14.com/content/search/699423/state-rests-in-grant-hayes-murder-trial
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Those are incredibly disturbing lyrics!
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