Crime

Friend of Tara Grinstead’s alleged killer helped burn her body, indictment says

A high school friend of a man charged in the 2005 slaying of Irwin County High School teacher Tara Grinstead was indicted Monday in Ben Hill County Superior Court.

Bo Dukes, 32, was indicted on charges including concealing a death, hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal and tampering with evidence.

Dukes is accused of helping alleged killer Ryan Duke burn the body of their former history teacher at Dukes’ uncle’s pecan orchard on the outskirts of Fitzgerald sometime between Oct. 23-28, 2005, according to the indictment.

The disappearance of the 30-year-old Grinstead remained a mystery for more than 11 years until February, when authorities got a tip.

In April, the 33-year-old Duke was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary and concealing the death of another person.

A month ago, Bo Dukes’ girlfriend, Brooke Sheridan, appeared on national television and said she had tipped off the GBI that Dukes had told her Duke had convinced him to help dispose of Grinstead’s body.

Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor

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