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Man accused of killing, dismembering woman, eating part of her
Man accused of killing, dismembering woman, eating part of her

A Tennessee man who confessed to killing a woman, cutting up her body and eating part of it has been charged with first degree murder and abuse of a corpse, authorities said in a criminal complaint.

Gregory Scott Hale is accused in the complaint of killing Lisa Marie Hyder on Friday at his home in Coffee County, Tennessee, about 115 km southeast of Nashville.

A sheriff's deputy said in the complaint that Hale confessed to killing Hyder and then after killing her he "beheaded her and cut off her hands, placing her head and hands in a plastic bucket".

"He cut off her feet and other body parts, placing them in another bucket and buried the victim's torso in a burn pile at the residence," the complaint said.

"Subject also admitted to eating part of the victim after murdering her."

Accused killer Gregory Scott Hale posted some disturbing photos on social media. Photo: Facebook

No lawyer for Hale was listed on the complaint.

Hyder called her ex-husband from the bottle shop where she worked trying to get a lift home.

By the time Charles Hyder, who called to tell her he would collect her after he got home, his former wife was probably already dead.

According to the complaint, authorities executed a search warrant at Hale's house on Sunday after receiving information that a murder had been committed there and found the remains believed to be of Hyder.

The complaint did not state a motive for the slaying or describe the relationship between the two.

The accused killer had spoken about murder on his Facebook page, and described himself as a devil worshipper.

In one of the more disturbing posts, he wrote: "I hug the people I hate so I know how big to dig the hole in my backyard."

Hale was being held in the Coffee County Jail on $1.5 million bond, local news media reported.

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