Third day of Ryan Duke trial wraps up
OCILLA, Ga. (WALB) - A recorded confession from the man charged in connection to the 2005 death and disappearance of Tara Grinstead initially played out in court on Wednesday.
Wednesday marked the third day of the trial of Ryan Duke. Duke is charged in connection with Grinstead’s death.
Duke no longer stands by that recorded confession.
WATCH WEDNESDAY’S COURT PROCEEDINGS:
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agent was questioned about the integrity of the investigation. He testified attention from the media led to more tips coming in, with only eight active GBI agents at their region’s office tips coming in from all over the U.S. became too much to handle.
Gary Rothwell was the special agent in charge of the GBI office that covered Irwin County. In 2005, he said they had several persons of interest — most of those being men Grinstead had relationships with.
That scope became much bigger after uncovering DNA from a latex glove found just feet away from Grinstead’s front door. It had Tara’s DNA and DNA from an unknown man.
Information about DNA being on the glove and a phone call made to Grinstead’s house the night after no one had seen her are what the state and law enforcement call guilty knowledge. That means no one but the person who did it would know about it.
The state and defense did reach an agreement on the video recording of the confession, which the outcome is expected in court on Thursday.
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