Documents: Suspects in missing teacher's death admit slaying

August 17, 2018 - 9:08 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — New court documents suggest that within weeks of a south Georgia teacher's disappearance, two of her ex-students told friends at a party they had killed her and burned her body.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Ryan Alexander Duke and Bo Dukes made the admission a month after Tara Grinstead was reported missing in October 2005. Court documents filed this week in Irwin County Superior Court say their comments were reported to police but they weren't arrested until 2017.

Duke's attorneys say in court motions that because it took so long to arrest them, all but the murder charge should be dropped, due to the statute of limitations.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation declined to comment and referred questions to the district attorney who could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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