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Summitville cannibal sentenced to life
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A cannibal who murdered and ate part of a woman after luring her to his Summitville home last summer will serve the rest of his life behind bars.
The man, Gregory Scott Hale, 37, entered a guilty plea before Coffee County Judge Craig Johnson to the charge of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Lisa Marie Hyder, 36, of Bledsoe County.
Prosecutors say Hale picked up Hyder on June 8 at a liquor store and took her to his Summitville home. Summitville is located just across the Warren County line in Coffee County near Morrison.
Once at his home, Hale admitted having sex with the woman before killing and dismembering her body. Hale admitted to authorities he committed the heinous crime to fulfill an obsession.
Investigators say after he killed his victim, he cut off her head, feet and hands and placed them in a plastic bucket. He then buried her torso in a burn pile near his home. Hale was caught when he asked a neighbor to help him move the victim’s body.
During questioning, Hale admitted to eating parts of the woman’s body. Neighbors described him as being a sick individual and a devil worshiper. A number of people familiar with Hale told media outlets they were concerned about his mental state.
His Facebook page, before it was taken down, showed graphic pictures of a mutilated woman and a number of extremely violent and disturbing images.
While Hale lived in Coffee County, he was known in Warren County where he had held employment.
Under Hale’s plea terms, he will never be considered for parole.