What You Need to Know: Tara Grinstead Murder Case

Man charged in Tara Grinstead case now wanted on rape, sodomy charges

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In the latest case, Dukes, 34, has also been charged with false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

“At this time, officers believe he brought two women to his home under threat of physical violence and with a firearm in hand committed the offenses,” Warner Robins police said in a press release

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According to police, Dukes was last seen leaving a Charlestown Way home around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was driving a white, 2013 Kia Sorento with Georgia tag PFP1116. Dukes was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. 

“Dukes has made suicidal threats,” police said. “He’s known to drink heavily and has a history of cocaine use.” 

>> On AJC.com: Duke claims he didn’t kill Grinstead, but was involved in cover-up

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME. 

Dukes is one of two men accused in Grinstead’s disappearance and death, and investigators believe he helped a former classmate, Ryan Alexander Duke, remove Grinstead’s body from her Ocilla home in October 2005. 

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In a separate case, Dukes pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to steal government property in 2013 and was sentenced to federal prison. He was released from prison in October 2015, but failed to pay $130,000 restitution and complete 40 hours of community service — both required for his supervised release, according to court filings. In November, a judge ruled that Dukes must return to federal prison within 45 days to serve six months. It was not known Wednesday how the charges in Warner Robins would affect his federal sentence.

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