Coffee County Sheriff Tells WJLE Murder Victim Not From DeKalb County

June 10, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Gregory Scott Hale

The victim in a Coffee County murder is not from DeKalb County, as reported by a Nashville television station.

WSMV reports that "the victim has been identified as Lisa Marie Hyder of DeKalb County". Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves told WJLE by phone today (Tuesday) that the 36 year old victim, Hyder, was from another county, either Sequatchie or Bledsoe, but not DeKalb.

The man arrested in the case, 37 year old Gregory Scott Hale of Pete Sain Road, Manchester is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse and is being held on a $1.5 million bond at the Coffee County Jail.

According to media reports, Hale is charged with murder and abusing the corpse of the woman and has admitted to killing, dismembering, burning and eating part of her remains.

Officers reportedly went to Hale's home Sunday after getting information that he was seeking help in disposing of the victim's body. The remains have been sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

Reports say Hale and Hyder 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, according to officials.

Hale gave no reason for the killing.

He is due for a court appearance June 23 in Coffee County

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