Coffee County Man Who Allegedly Cannibalized a Woman's Body Was In Court Tuesday

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On Tuesday, Gregory Scott Hale the man accused of murdering a woman and beheading her was in court. Hale's case was bound over to the January term of the Coffee County Grand Jury.

Hale, 37, of Pete Sain Road, Summitville was arrested June 8 for murdering Lisa Marie Hyder of Pikeville at his residence on or about June 6. Authorities were tipped off when he was seeking help to dispose of her body.

Hyder 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.


Hale has undergone mental evaluation to determine if he is qualified to stand trial. Hale is represented by public defender Kevin Askren.

According to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves, Hyder has a former husband and children living in the Coffee County area. According to the sheriff, she became acquainted with Hale, but there was no evidence that they were in a relationship or that she was living with him.


Hale remains in the Coffee County Jail under a $1.5 million bond.


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