Coffee County, Tenn., authorities say a local man is charged with murder and abusing the corpse of a woman from Pikeville in Bledsoe County he has admitted to killing, dismembering, and eating part of her remains.
Gregory Scott Hale, 37, of 750 Pete Sain Road, Manchester, is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse and held on a $1.5 million bond at the Coffee County Jail, according to officials and a news release from Sheriff Steve Graves.
The sheriff said officers went to Hale's home Sunday after getting information that he was seeking help in disposing of the victim's body.
The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Lisa Marie Hyder. Her body has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy.
Watkins said the two did not know each other until meeting in Manchester the day investigators believe she was killed.
Hale told investigators that after he and Hyder met, they went to his home.
“They were sitting around the fire talking, and that's when the incident occurred,” Watkins said.
Hale gave no reason for the killing, however, Watkins said.
Hale is due for a court appearance June 23.
Correction: A previous version of this story said the victim was from Sequatchie County and that her body had been burned. She is actually from Bledsoe County. Part of her body was found under a fire pit, but was not burned.
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...