Coffee County man charged with gruesome murder
(Editor’s note: The following article contains graphic details and may not be suitable for all readers.)
Gregory Scott Hale
A Summitville man is being held in the Coffee County Jail on $1.5 million bond after, according to authorities, he allegedly killed a woman, “abused her corpse,” and cannibalized her this past weekend.
Gregory Scott Hale, 37, of Pete Sain Road, Summitville, was arrested Sunday after authorities received information that he had allegedly killed Lisa Marie Hyder, 36, of Pikeville.
According to District Attorney General Mickey Layne, authorities learned of the alleged slaying from a neighbor of Hale, who had a conversation with Hale and subsequently shared its details with the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff Steve Graves said Tuesday morning that Hyder has an ex-husband and children living in the Coffee County area. Graves said she apparently became acquainted with Hale, but there is no evidence that they were in a relationship or that she was living with him.
According to Graves, there is no evidence of abduction at this time.
According to an arrest warrant obtained from the Coffee County General Sessions Court, Hale allegedly confessed to killing the victim. Her body has been sent to the state medical examiner in Nashville for autopsy to determine the cause of death.
According to the arrest warrant, after killing Hyder, Hale allegedly beheaded her and cut off her hands and placed the body parts in a plastic bucket. He then allegedly cut off her feet and other body parts, placing them in another bucket. The warrant states that Hale buried the torso of the body in a burn pile at the residence.
Hale also allegedly admitted to cannibalizing part of the victim, according to the warrant.
“I would like to commend all parties involved for a quick response and resolution leading to this arrest,” said Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves in a press release Monday, “including sheriff’s department deputies and investigators as well as Manchester Police Department.”
Coffee County Sheriff’s Department investigator Jason Dendy is leading the investigation.
Hale is due in Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing on the charges June 16. He is being represented by the public defender’s office.