Ryan Duke trial finishes second day of testimony
OCILLA, Ga. (WALB) - The trial for the man charged in the death of an Irwin County beauty queen and teacher is continuing into the second day.
Ryan Duke is charged in connection to the 2005 death and disappearance of Tara Grinstead.
WATCH TUESDAY’S COURT PROCEEDINGS BELOW:
The second day of the trial began with more witness testimony.
Tuesday’s testimony came mostly from crime scene investigators, who were some of the first people to go into Grinstead’s home. Police believe she was killed in her home in 2005.
The first officer on the scene was Bill Barrs. He was the investigator at the time for the Ocilla Police Department. Barrs testified that when he got to Grinstead’s home, there were no signs of forced entry.
After he assessed the crime scene, Barrs said he saw the latex glove just a few feet from the front door. He put that into evidence, along with Grinstead’s cell phone and other items of interest. Those were things like Grinstead’s comforter — which investigators thought could have blood on it — her computer and her home phone.
Her phone is a key piece of evidence Bill Bodry, a then special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), looked at closely. Focusing on a phone call, the state argued only the perpetrator would know about it. The call came from a convenience store.
Bodry took a written record of calls that came to Grinstead’s home. The defense argued since it was a written record, it shouldn’t be allowed in court.
A DNA expert was called to the stand to explain to the jury what was found on the latex glove.
The glove went through numerous different examinations while at the GBI Crime Lab. One was to look for fibers or hairs that may have been on the glove.
A few fibers and starches were found but no other physical evidence. It was then sent to find DNA or fingerprints.
Lisa Hobgood, a biologist for the GBI in 2005, testified that two DNA profiles were found on the glove. One matched Grinstead’s and the other was determined to be a man. She said dozens of samples were tested but no match. Neither Duke or Bo Dukes were one of the samples.
On Wednesday, the court is expected to hear recorded audio of Duke’s confession — a confession he no longer stands by.
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