Ryan Duke's attorney files 24 motions in Grinstead murder case

Ryan Duke / Irwin County Sheriff's Office

OCILLA, Ga. - The attorney for Ryan Duke -- charged with the murder of Georgia teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead -- filed 24 motions last week. They include a motion to dismiss the indictment against him.

The motions were filed in Irwin County superior court on Wednesday. Duke is charged with the murder of the Ocilla teacher, who disappeared in 2005.

According to court documents, the first motion filed is called, "Motion to dismiss the indictment due to the unconstitutional composition of the Grand Jury."

It reads the motion is being filed "because of the improper, unauthorized, arbitrary and discriminatory method used to select a grand jury in this case, thereby causing the systematic underrepresentation of cognizable groups of persons who are eligible to serve as grand jurors."

Another motion is to restrict the use of the word "murder" during the trial for the district attorney and the state's witnesses.

Duke's attorney also filed a motion to demand a trial by jury.

Additionally, there are several motions pertaining to how Duke is presented in court:

  • a motion for an order prohibiting Duke from "being exhibited in jail clothing"
  • a motion to "preclude public shackling"
  • a motion to "prevent prejudicial security measures"

Duke was indicted for the murder of Grinstead in April 2017. He's charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary and concealing a death.

This is a developing story. WGXA will have updates throughout the day.

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