A man in Coffee County, Tennessee has been charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse after authorities discovered that he dismembered the victim’s body, buried her torso, and ate part of her after the horrific killing occurred.
37-year-old Gregory Scott Hale reportedly murdered Lisa Marie Hyder at his rural home in Coffee County, and after he killed her, he decided to chop up her body, bury her torso in a burn pile, and eat part of her corpse.
"We are very early in the investigation,” said Assistant District Attorney Marla Holloway. “The officers were out late last night into the early hours of the morning gathering information.”
Officials say that they received word about the murder after it happened on or around this past Friday, and currently, they are still investigating. Neighbors of Hale say that he is sick, and some even claim that he is devil worshipper. Investigators say they are still trying to sort out all the claims that are coming in as the investigation unfolds.
"We will certainly be looking into everything that we're hearing,” said Holloway. “As you can image the things that you're hearing are the same things that we're hearing.”
Hale is set to appear in court on June 23, and he is currently being held in jail on a $1.5 million bond.