A North Carolina woman has been convicted of trying to help her husband dispose of his ex-girlfriend’s dismembered body, by first trying to dissolve it in acid and then throwing it into an alligator infested creek.
Police say Grant Ruffin Hayes III and Amanda Smith Hayes murdered Laura Ackerson in the couple’s apartment in 2011, and then cut up her body and packed it into coolers, driven in a rented U-Haul to Amanda Hayes’ sister’s house in Richmond, Texas and attempted to destroy the remains with muriatic acid.
“When that didn’t work, they took a boat onto Oyster Creek and dumped Laura’s body parts into the water with hopes that alligators would eat her remains,” according to police.
Ackerson’s torso and lower leg were found in the creek on July 24th, and more remains were recovered by dive teams.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Smith testified in court that she did not kill Ackerson and that her husband threatened her if she did not help him dispose of the body.
Smith was already sentenced to 13-16 years in prison, while Hayes was sentenced to life.
Last week, a jury convicted Smith of tampering with evidence, a second-degree felony. She was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, consecutive to her North Carolina sentence.