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Man Charged Of Beheading Woman And Eating Her Body

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(CNN) -- We're getting details of a horrific murder out of Tennessee.

Police accused a man of beheading a woman and then eating part of her body.

Thirty-seven-year-old Gregory Hale is accused of killing Lisa Hyder.

Hale is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.

"The way she had to leave this world is not right," said Samantha Paas. Samantha Paas is Lisa Hyder's cousin. Samantha and her sister Amanda learned of Lisa's death Monday night

"My grandmother called yesterday, last night," Paas said. 

What she had to say was shocking. A tip to the Manchester Police Department led officers to the partial remains of Hyder and later to Gregory Hale. The Summitville man confessed to killing Hyder, beheading her, dismembering her body and engaging in cannibalism before burning some of her remains in his yard.

According to Lisa's ex-husband Charles Hyder, she met Hale at a liquor store Friday night, a claim police confirm.

"She had suffered from addiction to alcohol probably her whole life," Charles Hyder said. 

Amanda says in recent years Lisa had drifted away from the family, "She had a really rocky life and we say that she was a lost soul."

One of the more troubling aspects of this case is the fact that Lisa called not one, but two of her ex-husbands asking for them to come get her, in the hours before she died.

Charles Hyder, the father to two of her children say he was supposed to pick her up Friday evening to bring her home to Dunlap. She quit answering her phone Friday evening, and he never heard from her again.

Another ex-husband says she called him Saturday morning and left a voicemail begging him to come get her.When he tried to return the call, there was no answer.

"It's so gruesome and devastating to see some... To see a family member or anybody to lose their life in such a horrible way," Paas said. "So many people in your life tried to help but it was not enough. God finally said enough is enough. He loves you and will now give you the love you have always been wanting so desperately."

Family members say Hyder's body will be cremated once released by police.

The suspect is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

He's due in court later this month.

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