COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Coffee County man accused in a gruesome murder involving cannibalism plead guilty to the charges against him Thursday, WTVC-TV reported.
Gregory Hale was arrested on June 8, 2014 for the murder of Lisa Hyder.
He was charged with first degree murder and abuse of a corpse.
According to an arrest warrant, Hale, 37, admitted to murdering Hyder at his Pete Sain Road home in Manchester before beheading her and cutting off her hands and feet.
Police said Hale also admitted to cannibalism.
Body parts were found in two plastic buckets at the home. Hyder’s torso was discovered buried in a burn pile.
Hyder apparently met Hale at a liquor store prior to her death. Family and friends previously told News 2 she needed a ride that evening, and it is assumed Hale offered and she accepted.
Hyder, 36, wasn’t from Coffee County but was staying in the area. She leaves behind six children.
There are a number disturbing posts on Hale’s Facebook page, including many photos of macabre artwork and of him posing with large knives in homemade masks.
A status update from April 10 even wonders if a vegetarian would taste like soy meat to a cannibal, and in February, he posted a video of serial killer Richard Ramirez with the caption “wish I could have met U [sic].”
Hale is charged with first degree murder and abuse of a corpse. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.