Judge denies bond for Bo Dukes, attorneys discuss what’s next

Judge denies bond for Bo Dukes, attorneys discuss what’s next

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Bo Dukes, one of the men charged in connection to the death and disappearance of Irwin County teacher and beauty queen, Tara Grinstead, was denied bond and is still behind bars in the Houston County Jail.

On Monday, WALB attended a press conference in Ben Hill County about his capture over the weekend.

A press conference is about to start for Bo Dukes, one of the men charged in connection to the death and disappearance of Tara Grinstead. Dukes was captured this Saturday after being wanted for rape and other charges in Warner Robins. Officials from the Ben Hill County Sheriff Office, Wilcox County Sheriff office, and other officials preparing to talk about what’s next for Bo Dukes. Stick with WALB News 10 starting at 4, for live updates.

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At that press conference, officials and Cordele Circuit District Attorney Brad Rigby spoke about how Dukes was captured on Saturday, but also what’s next after a long list of charges in various incidents.

Ben Hill County Sheriff Lee Cone said after Warner Robins Police issued a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) that went out statewide the day after New Year’s Day, officials were immediately on high alerts for days in Ben Hill and Wilcox counties.

Officials said they looked in general areas where Dukes might have been.

Cone said on Saturday, the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and U.S. Marshals confirmed that he was in the area and Dukes said that he wanted to turn himself in.

The sheriff said Dukes was spotted at a convenience store In Fitzgerald while getting gas before he was captured at a family member’s home by deputies from the Irwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Now that Bo Dukes has been captured, the question everyone wants to know is, what will happen next?

Right now, officials said Dukes is in Houston County Jail where Warner Robins police have him in custody for an alleged rape incident on New Year’s Day.

Recently, a federal judge ordered Dukes to go back to federal prison after his supervised release was revoked in a federal charge of conspiracy to steal government property.

A Ben Hill County Superior Court judge also issued a bench warrant on Dukes in connection to the Tara Grinstead case after they said he failed to appear in court on Jan. 3 on concealing a death of another, tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal charges in that case.

District Attorney Brad Rigby said as of now, further prosecution on the Grinstead case is to be determined.

“Generally, a federal order will take precedence over anything in the state. There’s a federal order for him to report to federal prison. So until that’s handled, we can’t answer any other questions because we don’t know,” explained Rigby.

The district attorneys also added that Dukes is supposed to surrender this Wednesday for federal probation.

“I was just concerned, I wasn’t scared but I was concerned that they wouldn’t get him before he hurt someone else or someone hurt him,” said Shanita Edmonson, a resident.

“We investigated every tip, every tip that came in and we also carried it a little further and actually looked in general areas that only he would be familiar with,” explained Sheriff Cone.

Cone said his office, along with Wilcox the County Sheriff’s Office, GSP and U.S. Marshals got together Saturday and learned a family member of Dukes asked him to turn himself in after he was spotted in the area.

“They found out that she had talked him into coming to their home and turning himself in to law enforcement,” said Cone.

That’s when Irwin County deputies went to that home and captured him after he had been on the run since the incident in Warner Robins.

“Like, why would he do that? Knowing that he’s already under investigation. Why would he do that?” asked Edmonson.

“He needs to be held accountable for what he’s done,” said a resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

“At present there is a federal order for him to report to the feds into the federal system and until that is handled, we can’t answer any questions as to what will happen on the state level,” said Rigby.

“I hope they get a fair trial or whatever is coming up, that they can find out exactly what happened,” said the anonymous resident.

Officials said Dukes waived the appearance at the first appearance hearing, but was still denied bond on all charges.

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