2nd Man Indicted in Death of Teacher in 2005
Bo Dukes helped dispose of Tara Grinstead's body, say authorities
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2017 2:07 PM CDT
This file photo from Oct. 4, 2006, shows a billboard for missing teacher Tara Grinstead.   (AP Photo/Elliott Minor, File)
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(Newser) – A new indictment sheds light on the 2005 murder of a Georgia teacher. Authorities say Bo Dukes helped a friend remove the body of Tara Grinstead from her home, then brought it to his uncle's pecan farm near Fitzgerald and burned it, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Dukes isn't charged in the actual killing. Prosecutors say his friend, Ryan Duke, killed the 30-year-old Grinstead—his former history teacher—in an apparent robbery, then asked Dukes to help him get rid of her body. Grinstead's disappearance had remained a cold case for 11 years before a tipster came forward. Charred remains were found on the farm in February, around the time Duke was charged with murder, reports WRBL.

Dukes' girlfriend, Brooke Sheridan, identified herself as the tipster last month, telling CBS News that Dukes told her about the murder and the disposal of the body. "I felt like I was gonna be sick. I didn't know who I was staring at," Sheridan said, adding that putting Grinstead's family at peace "was more important than his freedom." Dukes is charged with concealing a death, hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal, and tampering with evidence, per the Macon Telegraph. Duke, meanwhile, has pleaded not guilty to charges including one count of malice murder and two counts of felony murder, per Fox 5.

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