Gag order thrown out in high-profile case of slain High School teacher

Georgia’s highest court tossed out a gag order in the high-profile case of a slain high school teacher and former beauty pageant contestant whose mysterious disappearance more than 12 years ago drew “significant media interest.”

Tara Grinstead was reported missing in October 2005 when she didn’t show up for work at a school in rural Irwin County. The case went cold until new information led to the arrest in February 2017 of Ryan Alexander Duke, a former student at the school where Grinstead taught.

But authorities have been tightlipped about what led to the arrest and any motive behind the slaying, and the judge overseeing the case issued a gag order.

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Duke burglarized the teacher’s home in Ocilla, about 190 miles (305 kilometers) south of Atlanta, and used his hands to kill her inside the residence, according to



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