Grant Hayes requests new lawyer

Grant Ruffin Hayes booking photo (Image courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

September 29, 2011 3:57:12 PM PDT
A judge granted Grant Hayes a new attorney Thursday in a Wake County courtroom.

Hayes is charged with killing Laura Ackerson.

Ackerson is Hayes' ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two young boys.

An attorney from the Capital Defender's Office will now be appointed to his case. Hayes' wife, Amanda, also is charged in connection with the crime.

Prosecutors could decide as early as December 15 whether to pursue the death penalty against each of the defendants.

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