Confession, DNA evidence revealed in murder of Georgia teacher

Georgia News

Authorities have revealed new evidence in their case against a Georgia man charged with killing a high school teacher and former beauty queen who disappeared more than a decade ago.

Ryan Duke is scheduled to stand trial April 1 for the murder of Tara Grinstead, who vanished in October 2005 in rural Irwin County.

He was denied bond in a hearing Monday.

Duke was arrested and charged in 2017 in connection to her disappearance and death.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Jason Shoudel testified at a pretrial court hearing Monday that Duke confessed to killing Grinstead and burning her body. He said DNA from both Duke and Grinstead was found on a latex glove recovered outside her home.

News outlets report Duke’s defense attorneys said he was on drugs at the time and delivered a false confession.

Superior Court Judge Bill Reinhardt denied a defense motion to move the trial because of pretrial publicity. He said he wanted to see evidence that a change of venue was needed.

Story info via Associated Press, WALB/NBC News

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