Johnstown Independent

Tennessee murder victim had local ties

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Bill Poore says he is going through a horrifying situation that no parent should ever have to deal with -- finding out that his daughter was murdered, dismembered and cannibalized.

Lisa Marie Hyder, 36, who grew up around Columbus and graduated from Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, was killed June 6 in Manchester, Tenn., about 70 miles southeast of Nashville.

Poore learned June 9 how his daughter had died.

"Nobody deserves to be killed and butchered the way my daughter was," Poore said from his home in Tennessee. "There's nothing left of her. We're going to have to cremate her."

Gregory Scott Hale, 37, was arrested on Sunday in Coffee County, Tenn., and charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, authorities said.

A deputy with the Coffee County sheriff's office said in the complaint that Hale confessed to killing Hyder. The complaint says 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," it added.

Charles Hyder, Lisa's ex-husband, lives in Dunlap, Tenn., about 50 miles east of Manchester.

He said he talked to her on Friday and she asked for a ride. Mr. Hyder said he couldn't pick her up right away, so she went to a liquor store to buy a few things. That's where she met Hale, who offered her a ride.

Charles Hyder said he repeatedly called his ex-wife's cellphone but couldn't reach her. Hyder said that, as far as he knows, she didn't know Hale, who on his Facebook page boasts of worshipping Satan.

Doctors recently had told Lisa Hyder that she had ovarian cancer and leukemia and gave her six months to live, Poore said.

Lisa Hyder had struggled with an alcohol addiction much of her life, family members said.

"She figured drinking was going to help her hurry up and die," her ex-husband said last night. "They gave her six months to live, and she wanted to make it faster."

She had six children, two with Hyder. He said they are only 31/2 and 11/2 years old.

Poore had lived in Whitehall but moved just a few weeks ago to Tennessee to be near his daughter.

"Something told me to come back down here," Poore said.

About a week ago, he said he woke in a sweat from a nightmare in which he felt something bad was going to happen to his daughter.

Rebecca Zubovic of Reynoldsburg, who was once married to Poore, said that her stepdaughter's death wasn't a surprise.

"She hangs with rough people and when you do drugs and get around and drink, it kind of lends itself to really bad situations," Zubovic said.

But Zubovic said that how her stepdaughter was killed was something she couldn't have envisioned.

She said she stayed in touch with her stepdaughter by phone and through Facebook.

"She was my first daughter," Zubovic said. "I was married to her dad for 11 years. So she was a big part of my life."

Lisa Hyder grew up in the Columbus area, attended Groveport Madison High School for a few years and graduated in 1996 from Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala.

"I don't know how to deal with this," Charles Hyder said. "I am trying to be strong for her dad and the two babies."

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