Trial date set for man charged in connection to his wife’s murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A trial date has been set for the accused murder of a woman whose body has not been found more than two years after she was last seen.

Taquila Hayes’s husband was back in court Wednesday.

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A judge set Hayes’s trial for March of 2022.

FOX13 spoke with Taquila’s mother who said she just wants to bury her daughter.

Her family last saw her in May 2019.

Roberta Nutall said while this has been a slow process, the only thing she can think about is getting justice for her daughter.

“Nothing has surfaced of my daughter. I know she’s deceased, and up until this point I have no other choice but to believe that,” said Nutall.

Nutall spoke to FOX13 after getting word that her daughter’s husband Carl Hayes will face trial next year.

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Last year, a grand jury indicted Hayes for second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the disappearance of his wife Taquila.  Detectives still have not found her body.

“I wish I could think that they could find her alive, but I know they won’t be able to find her alive. They are looking for remains, and I just really want to put her to rest properly.  That’s what would be satisfying for my family, where we can have somewhere to visit her.”

Detectives are still seeking tips.  A spokesperson with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the department expanded its search to Tipton County.

He said the investigation led detectives to drain a pond located in Mason, Tennessee.  The pond was drained last month between the 10th and 13th.

They did not find any remains.

Nutall said in the meantime, Taquila’s son just wants to know where his mother is.

“He needs to know exactly where his mother is, and as he grows older, he wants to know where is his mother,” Nutall replied.  “I’m not going to let this rest; I’m going to fight until I get justice for my daughter.”

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said this is still an open investigation and they continue to seek tips that could help bring the family justice.

Nutall said Hayes does have family in Tipton County.