Late Sunday night (June 8) information was received that Gregory Scott Hale, age 37, had murdered a female at his residence on Pete Sain Road in Coffee County and was attempting to get help disposing of her body. An investigation revealed the body of a white female at his residence.
Hale was taken into custody and charged with 1st degree murder and abuse of a corpse. His bond is set at $1.5 million, and he is scheduled to be in court on June 16, 2014.
The victim according to the arrest warrant was beheaded and the rest of her body was dismembered. The warrant states that Hale buried the torso of the body in a burn pile at the residence. According to the warrant Hale allegedly admitted to cannibalizing part of the victim. Her body was sent to Nashville for an autopsy.
Sheriff Graves commended all parties involved for a quick response and resolution leading to this arrest, including sheriff’s department deputies and investigators as well as the Manchester Police Department.
The sheriff said they will continue to investigate in preparation for a preliminary hearing and ensuing trial.
Hale is currently represented by the public defender’s office.
The victim’s name will be released at later time.