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Closing arguments given in NC dismemberment trial


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Prosecutors say a 34-year-old Raleigh man lured his ex-girlfriend to her death by exploiting the love she had for their children.

Closing arguments were held Friday in the murder trial of Grant Hayes.

Authorities say he killed his former girlfriend Laura Ackerson in July 2011 because he did not want to pay child support, then dismembered her body, packed it in four coolers and drove to Richmond, Texas, where he dumped the remains. Prosecutors say Hayes asked Ackerman to come to his home to discuss child support.

Hayes' lawyer says prosecutors never proved Hayes killed Ackerson and said he only disposed of the body to help out his wife. She is also charged in the killing, but hasn't been tried.

The jury will begin deliberating Monday.

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