Bo Dukes convicted in Tara Grinstead case

ABBEVILLE, Georgia (AP) – A jury convicted a Georgia man of concealing the death of a teacher whose slaying remained a mystery for more than a decade after her body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a rural pecan orchard.

Bo Dukes was the first of two suspects to stand trial in the 2005 death of Tara Grinstead. The fate of the teacher and former beauty queen didn’t come to light until the men were arrested in 2017.

Prosecutors in Wilcox County charged 34-year-old Dukes with covering up Grinstead’s death by lying to police in a 2016 interview about the case. But Dukes’s defense attorney said they failed to prove he intentionally lied.

News outlets report it took the jury less than an hour to convict Dukes on four counts, including two of making a false statement, hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealing the death of another.

Dukes’s friend, Ryan Duke, is charged with murder in Grinstead’s death. His trial is scheduled for April 1.

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