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Ryan Duke trial wraps up seventh day; Duke takes witness stand

The seventh day of the Ryan Duke trial has started.
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Published: May. 17, 2022 at 9:17 AM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 6:10 PM EDT
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OCILLA, Ga. (WALB) - The seventh day of the Ryan Duke trial wrapped up Tuesday.

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Posted by WALB News 10 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ryan Duke took the witness stand on Tuesday.

Ryan Duke testified he did not murder, hit or choke Grinstead. He also testified that did not have a sexual relationship with Grinstead and never took a glove to her home.

Ryan Duke took the witness stand Tuesday morning. He is standing trial in connection to the 2005 death and disappearance...

Posted by WALB News 10 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

On the witness stand, Ryan Duke did testify that he did see Grinstead’s body in the pecan field where Bo Dukes took him. He also testified he helped move her body.

Bo Dukes was convicted and sentenced to charges in Wilcox County related to Grinstead’s death.

On Tuesday, Bo Dukes was called to the witness stand but he invoked his fifth amendment right not to testify.

While on the witness stand, Ryan Duke took the stand and claimed it was Bo Dukes that killed Grinstead. Adding he only got involved with the clean-up and that Bo Dukes forced him to do it and scared him into not saying anything.

Ryan Duke testified that after Bo Dukes confessed, he made Ryan Duke ride with him to the pecan orchard to help burn Grinstead’s body.

“She was beat up. She had bruises on her arms and legs,” Ryan Duke said. “I said, ‘I wouldn’t have recognized her.’”

After that incident, Ryan Duke testified he did not stay in contact with Bo Dukes — and is only coming forward with the truth now because Bo Dukes is in jail.

The state argued that’s not true after looking at Facebook messages between Ryan Duke and Bo Dukes after Grinstead’s death.

“Same man who you’re saying forced you to burn her body, threatened that he would burn down your trailer if you said anything? Same man who you say he had already committed murder — the conversation on Facebook was you reaching out to him,” Assistant District Attorney JD Hart said when questioning Ryan Duke.

Other witnesses did take the stand today. They were friends who went to school with both Ryan Duke and Bo Dukes.

On Wednesday, the court is expected to hear from more witnesses from both the state and defense.

Closing arguments are expected on Thursday.

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