New charges for Tara Grinstead murder suspect

The man who admitted to involvement in the presumed murder of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead is facing new charges in a different county.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bo Dukes, who was once a student at the high school where Grinstead taught, confessed to helping his friend Ryan Alexander Duke (no relation) move the 30-year-old teacher’s body from her home after Duke allegedly killed her.

Dukes came forward in February of this year, more than a decade after Grinstead vanished. It was the first major break in the case since she went missing, and led to the arrests of both Duke and Dukes. Duke was indicted on six counts, including three murder charges. He pleaded not guilty and remains in custody.

His suspected accomplice had previously been charged with making a false statement, concealing the death of another and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in Ben Hill County. This week, he has been indicted again on similar charges in Wilcox County. He is now facing four counts there: two of making a false statement, and one each of concealing a death and hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

According to WMAZ, authorities say Dukes lied to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in an interview about Grinstead’s disappearance last year, in which he denied any involvement and failed to disclose that Duke allegedly confessed to killing her.

Both suspects are still awaiting a trial date.



Feature photo: Georgia Bureau of Investigation