Georgia

News outlets and teacher's family oppose gag in 2005 murder

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, file photo, missing teacher Tara Grinstead is displayed on a billboard in Ocilla, Ga. News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in a case involving the slaying of Grinstead. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, file photo, missing teacher Tara Grinstead is displayed on a billboard in Ocilla, Ga. News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in a case involving the slaying of Grinstead. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Feb 22, 2017 photo released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Ryan Alexander Duke, in Georgia. Duke was charged with murder Feb. 23 in the slaying of Tara Grinstead, an Irwin County High School teacher who disappeared in 2005. News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in the case involving the slaying of Grinstead. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP)

    This Feb 22, 2017 photo released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shows Ryan Alexander Duke, in Georgia. Duke was charged with murder Feb. 23 in the slaying of Tara Grinstead, an Irwin County High School teacher who disappeared in 2005. News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in the case involving the slaying of Grinstead. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by the Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Ga., shows Bo Dukes on Friday, March 3, 2017. Dukes was arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance of Irwin County High School teacher Tara Grinstead. News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in the case involving the slaying of Grinstead. (Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office/WMAZ via AP)

    This photo provided by the Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Ga., shows Bo Dukes on Friday, March 3, 2017. Dukes was arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance of Irwin County High School teacher Tara Grinstead. News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in the case involving the slaying of Grinstead. (Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office/WMAZ via AP)  (The Associated Press)

News organizations are challenging a judge's gag order in a case involving the slaying of a south Georgia high school teacher who vanished nearly 12 years ago.

Three separate groups of newspapers and television stations have filed motions before Superior Court Judge Melanie B. Cross to lift the order.

Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke was charged with murder Feb. 23 in the slaying of Tara Grinstead, who disappeared in 2005. Her body hasn't been found. A second man, 32-year-old Bo Dukes, was arrested March 3.

The Telegraph of Macon (http://bit.ly/2ngaCe1 ) reports that Cross barred prosecutors, defense lawyers, police and even family members from commenting on the case.

Lawyer Lee Bennett Jr., Grinstead's cousin, says the teacher's family also opposes the gag order.

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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com