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Fourth day of Ryan Duke trial wraps up in Irwin Co.

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Published: May. 12, 2022 at 9:12 AM EDT
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OCILLA, Ga. (WALB) - The trial of a man accused of being connected to the death of Tara Grinstead is underway Thursday in Irwin County.

Catch up on this week’s trial:

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The fourth day of the Ryan Duke trial is underway.

The fourth day of the Ryan Duke trial is underway.

Posted by WALB News 10 on Thursday, May 12, 2022
Thursday's Ryan Duke Trial

Thursday's Ryan Duke Trial

Posted by WALB News 10 on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Day four in the trial of Ryan Duke, the man accused of killing Tara Grinstead in 2005, included hours of audio and video from a confession Duke made back in 2017. A confession he no longer stands by.

The defense argues Ryan’s confession no longer stands; due to the fact he took pain medicine the day he walked into the police department.

In a video shown to the jurors Thursday, Ryan walks investigators to the wooded area where he once claimed he and Bo Dukes burned Grinstead’s body.

We have yet to hear from defense witnesses, as they’re expected to take the stand starting Tuesday.

The only witness on Thursday was GBI Special Agent Jason Shoudel. He was the first investigator to interview Ryan Duke in 2017 when he made a confession he no longer stands by.

Shoudel says Duke had “guilty knowledge” regarding Grinstead’s murder. He says guilty knowledge is a detail that only the person who committed the crime and law enforcement would know.

One example was a call made the morning Tara disappeared specifically from a payphone. Another piece of guilty knowledge was the color of a glove found in Grinstead‘s yard.

Shoudel says the glove itself was common knowledge but at the time many tv shows were claiming it was blue.

Defense attorneys argue that Duke was pressured into his confession and pushed into saying specific things. Agent Shoudel tells prosecutors he never told Ryan why wanted to interview him and only said he wanted him to talk about what he called “an old case”.

Friday, we expect to hear from more state witnesses with defense attorneys expected to begin their testimonies on Tuesday.

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