Defense files motion to move trial in Tara Grinstead case

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Attorneys for Ryan Duke -- the man accused of killing Tara Grinstead in 2005 -- want his trial moved from Irwin County, according to the latest motions filed.

The motion filed states that "a change of venue is required to ensure that Mr. Duke receives a fair trial in this matter.”

It and other motions will be considered in a Nov. 26 hearing in Ocilla. A judge will decide whether the trial should be moved or not.

Grinstead was an Irwin County High School teacher and former beauty queen. She was last seen on Oct. 22, 2005.

Duke and Bo Dukes -- also accused in her murder -- were her students. They were indicted on multiple charges in 2017. Investigators believe Duke killed Grinstead and Dukes helped conceal her body by burning it.

In another motion, Dukes' attorneys are requesting up to $3,000 from Irwin County to cover the costs of hiring an investigator to sort through the GBI’s extensive case file.

“While undersigned counsel have worked incredibly diligently to review all of the case materials, they need assistance to investigate the amount of evidence and testimony in advance of and during trial,” the motion states.

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