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Judge overrules motions for Ryan Duke in Grinstead murder trial

Judge overrules motions in Ryan Duke trial

The Tara Grinstead case continues and on Friday, Ryan Duke’s defense team made several motions and five of them were overruled.

Duke was arrested in February of 2017 for the murder of an Irwin County High School teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead who disappeared in 2005.

According to court documents, the defense requested the following motions that were all overruled:

  • That the court not read the indictment prior to opening statements
  • To limit the state’s concluding closing argument to rebuttal.
  • Special demurrer: “He contends that merely alleging Defendant “used his hand” to commit aggravated assault upon and murder the victim is too vague, ambiguous and indefinite, thus depriving him of the constitutional and statutory protections identified in his pleading.”
  • Restrict the use of the word “murder.”
  • Appointment of an investigator or funds to hire one.

Judge Bill Reinhardt overruled all five motions on Friday, according to news reports from WALB-TV.

Duke’s trial is set to go to court on April 1 of 2019.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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