TARA FAYE GRINSTEAD: Missing from Ocilla, GA since 22 Oct 2005 - Age 30

TARA FAYE GRINSTEAD: Missing from Ocilla, GA since 22 Oct 2005 - Age 30

On October 21, 2005 Grinstead visited a beauty pageant, for which she was a coach to young contestants, and attended a barbecue. On October 24, she did not show up for work. Co-workers called police, who went to the home where she lived alone. She has never been found.
Judge denies another request for funding by Ryan Duke in Grinstead case

Tift Judicial Circuit Judge Bill Reinhardt has ruled that the state does not have to provide additional money for Ryan Duke to hire outside investigators to assist his defense in the Tara Grinstead case, in which Duke is charged with murder and other offenses.

The judge wrote that the defendant is not allowed to “pick and choose which of the state-provided services he wishes to receive. He must accept the resources that are available.”

The judge wrote that the 14th amendment does not require "the state to furnish all the assistance that a wealthier counterpart may buy, but to ensure that the indigent defendant enjoys the basic tools of an adequate defense,” citing legal precedent.

Attorneys for Ryan Duke file another appeal with state Supreme Court

ATLANTA -- Attorneys for Ryan Duke, accused in the killing of beauty queen and Irwin County high school teacher Tara Grinstead have filed another appeal to Georgia's highest court.

This month his attorneys filed an application for interlocutory review. They're requesting the Georgia Supreme Court to appeal Irwin County Superior Court's ruling that Duke's attorneys not receive state funding for experts and investigators to assist in his case.

Interlocutory reviews are appeals made amid an ongoing trial in which an appellate court is asked to review a ruling that a lower court has made.

In March 2019, a second suspect in Grinstead's case, Bo Dukes, was sentenced to 25 years after being convicted of two counts of making a false statement, hindering the arrest of a criminal, and concealing a death.


This trial is scheduled for Spring 2020 unless attorneys score yet another delay.

Tara's body had been burned in a pecan orchard owned by Ryan Duke's uncle. Duke & Dukes (allegedly) had a huge bonfire they kept burning for several days.

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