Prosecution rests in the Raleigh murder trial of Amanda Hayes in death of Laura Ackerson

Prosecutors allege woman and her husband murdered young mother in their apartment and cut up her body.
February 10, 2014 2:33:16 PM PST
The prosecution rested its case Monday in the Raleigh murder trial of Amanda Hayes. The defense immediately began calling witnesses of its own.

During her murder trial, Hayes has made little - if any - eye contact with witnesses, which included her sister and grown daughter, or the courtroom big screen where evidence has been presented.

On Monday though, Hayes' eyes were glued to the screen because most of the pictures shown on the courtroom screen featured her other daughter Lilly -- who was an infant back in the summer of 2011 when the pictures were taken.

That's also when investigators believe that Hayes and her husband, Grant, killed the mother of his two young boys, Laura Ackerson, at their Raleigh apartment, then disposed of her remains in a Texas creek.

Amanda Hayes has been in jail and away from Lilly -- who is now almost 3-years-old -- since her arrest in July of 2011.

Grant Hayes was convicted of the murder last year, even though he blamed Amanda for accidentally killing Ackerson.

Amanda Hayes claims Grant killed Ackerson while Amanda was out, cut up the body and hid it in a trailer with furniture they took to Texas to visit her sister.

She has said once in Texas, Grant threatened to kill her and the children if she didn't help dispose of Ackerson's body parts in the creek near Amanda's sister's home.

However on Monday, a digital forensic expert testified that pictures of a happy looking family were apparently taken in a hotel room on the return trip from Texas to Raleigh.

Digital Forensics Expert Courtney Last told the courtroom that both Grant and Amanda appeared to be smiling in the photos.

Since the couple's arrest, their children, Ackerson and Grant's two boys and Amanda and Grant's daughter Lilly, have been cared for by Grant's parents in Kinston.

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