A Coffee County man is accused of killing, beheading and eating parts of a woman over the weekend at his Summitville home.
The suspect, Gregory Scott Hale, 37, is being held at Coffee County Jail on $1.5 million bond after law enforcement says he killed a woman at his home on Pete Sain Road.
The victim has been identified as Lisa Marie Hyder, 36. She reportedly met Hale in Manchester the day he killed her.
There have been conflicting reports about where Hyder is from, with officials now saying she is from Bledsoe County.
Hale was arrested Sunday at his home. Summitville is located just across the Warren County line. Hale is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.
Sheriff’s officials say the murder likely happened Friday. The sheriff’s department was notified Sunday when Hale reportedly sought help in moving the body.
An arrest warrant from Coffee County General Sessions Court states Hale allegedly confessed to killing Hyder. After killing her, Hale allegedly beheaded her and cut off her hands and placed them in a plastic bucket. He then allegedly cut off her feet and placed them in another bucket. The warrant states Hale buried the torso of the body in a burn pile near his residence.
Hale also allegedly admitted to eating parts of the victim.
A look a Hale’s Facebook page paints an image of a disturbed man who seems to embrace dark images.
One image at the top of his page is of a mutilated woman who has soda cans sticking out of her bleeding body. Another image shows Christ being eaten by zombies in a scene that looks like The Last Supper.
The Facebook pages includes a number of sayings which indicate Hale in anti-authority. One post claims he lives by his own set of rules.
The Facebook page says Hale is a 1995 Coffee County graduate.
Hale’s demeanor on Facebook is similar to accounts given by neighbors who describe him as sick and a devil worshiper. One neighbor said he was fired from a job because he was caught worshipping the devil while at work.
As for why Hale may have killed Hyder, that is unclear as he didn’t provide a motive in court documents. He did say they were sitting around a fire talking when the incident took place.
A cause of death has not been determined. The body has been sent to the medical examiner.
Hale is scheduled to appear in court June 16.