Georgia magnificence queen Tara Grinstead’s accused assassin on trial 17 years after her disappearance

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The trial for the person accused of murdering lacking smalltown Georgia instructor and former magnificence queen Tara Grinstead practically 17 years in the past will start Monday. 

After a five-year wait, Ryan Duke will stand trial on expenses of malice homicide, felony homicide, aggravated assault, housebreaking, and concealing a physique. Jury choice will start Monday on the Irwin County Courthouse in Ocilla, Georgia. The method is predicted to final for a few week and half. 

The trial itself is predicted to final a month or longer judging on the quantity of proof and testimony anticipated to be offered by prosecution and protection. 

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If convicted, 36-year-old Duke may face most sentence of life in jail with out the opportunity of parole. 

Tara Grinstead is seen posing with one of her pageant crowns in a photo provided by family. 

Tara Grinstead is seen posing with considered one of her pageant crowns in a photograph offered by household. 
(Fox 5 )

In what is taken into account the biggest case within the historical past of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 30-year-old Grinstead was reported lacking from the agricultural city of Oscilla in October 2005 after failing to indicate as much as work one Monday morning at Irwin County Excessive Faculty, the place she taught the eleventh grade. A former Miss Georgia contestant, she had helped coach younger girls for a neighborhood pageant and attended a barbeque with associates that weekend. She was pursuing her doctorate diploma at night time earlier than her disappearance. 

Ryan Duke is seen during a pre-trial hearing on March 9, 2022.

Ryan Duke is seen throughout a pre-trial listening to on March 9, 2022.
(Fox 5 )

Fox 5 Atlanta reported that deputies discovered no indicators of wrestle or compelled entry once they got here to conduct a welfare test on the dwelling the place Grinstead lived alone. Her automobile was within the driveway and her door was locked together with her canine, cat and cellphone nonetheless plugged in charging inside. 

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Court docket paperwork allege Duke climbed in by means of a window to burglarize the house. As soon as inside, prosecutors say he climbed into mattress with Grinstead and strangled her to demise earlier than asking a former highschool classmate, Bo Dukes, to mortgage him his truck to assist him transfer the physique. 

Dukes, who isn’t associated to Duke, was sentenced in 2019 to 25 years in jail for his function in serving to to hide the homicide. In court docket, prosecutors performed a video of his confession through which he admitted that he helped Duke burn the physique till “it looked like it was all ash.” Small, burned bone fragments had been present in a subject in 2017. Grinstead was declared useless in absentia in December 2010. 

The case has acquired newfound public consideration in recent times from the Up and Vanished podcast. 

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