Coffee County Grand Jury Meets On 125 Cases

grand juryThe Coffee County Grand Jury met Tuesday and heard evidence on 125 cases. The panel heard 75 cases that were bound over from the Coffee County General Sessions Court and 50 sealed or first time cases.
The first time cases are those that have not gone through the court system but are taken straight to the grand jury. They are usually presented by law enforcement and often involve drugs or burglary charges.
One of the cases that had been bound over to the grand jury was that of Gregory Scott Hale, 37, of Summitvile. He is accused of murdering and dismembering Lisa Marie Hyder, 37, last June.
The alleged incident occurred on Pete Sain Road. Investigators said Hale lived with his parents, but most of the evidence was collected in the garage or behind the house.
Authorities say that Hale confessed to murdering Hyder. He apparently picked her up in Manchester and took her back to the house, the same day he met her.
According to investigators, Hale admitted that he dismembered her body and even ate part of it.
He has undergone mental evaluation to determine if he is mentally capable to stand trial.
Hale remains in the Coffee County Jail under a $1.5 million bond but is due back in court Thursday (Jan. 15).