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Judge mulling if NC couple will be tried together

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A judge is reconsidering if a man and wife charged in the death of a Kinston woman will be tried together.
    
Judge Donald Stephens expressed concern Thursday after an attorney for Amanda Hayes said Grant Ruffin Hayes III sent her client a threatening letter from jail.
    
Attorneys for both defendants didn't initially object to a joint trial but reserved the right to request that the cases be separated.
    
The Hayeses are charged with first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Laura Ackerson, who had two children with Grant Hayes.
    
Parts of Ackerson's body were found in 2011 in a creek in Fort Bend County, Texas. Investigators have said they think Ackerson was slain in North Carolina before her killers hauled her dismembered body in coolers to Texas for disposal.

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