Judge sets trial in 2005 slaying of missing Georgia teacher

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Published: Nov. 26, 2018 at 8:36 AM EST
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By: Associated Press

November 27, 2018

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) - A judge says a man will go on trial next spring in the killing of a Georgia high school teacher last seen 13 years ago.

Irwin County Judge Bill Reinhardt set an April 1 trial date for 33-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke at a hearing Monday. He's charged with murder in the slaying of one-time beauty queen Tara Grinstead, who vanished from her home in the southwest Georgia town of Ocilla in 2005.

Duke was indicted last year. Another man, Bo Dukes, is charged with helping dispose of the body.

Prosecutors have agreed with a defense request to move the trial out of the town because of publicity, but the judge hasn't ruled on that issue.

By: Associated Press

November 26, 2018

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) -- A hearing has been set to determine how a case will proceed against two men accused in the slaying a Georgia high school teacher who vanished 13 years ago.

The Monday hearing will determine if most charges should be dropped against the men because too much time has passed since former beauty queen Tara Grinstead's disappearance. Grinstead disappeared from her Ocilla home in 2005, and her case was the focus of the podcast "Up and Vanished."

News outlets report 33-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke was indicted last year on charges including murder in her death, and Bo Dukes was indicted on charges including tampering with evidence.

The judge at the hearing also will determine if the trial venue needs to change from the county where the 30-year-old Grinstead taught.