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'Ryan has wanted his story told:' Man charged with Tara Grinstead's murder gets new lawyer

His previous defenders filed a series of motions weeks ago asking for the word 'murder' to be banned from the trial

Murder suspect Ryan Duke has a new lawyer representing him.

Ashleigh Merchant has confirmed she is now representing Duke and says, “We decided to take the case because we believe in Ryan’s innocence. Ryan has wanted his story told and we want to help him tell it.”

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Duke is accused of killing Irwin County teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead.

His former attorney filed 23 motions in the case only two weeks ago, and some of them asked the court to dismiss the indictment against Duke altogether.

Lawyers file two dozen motions in Tara Grinstead case by 13WMAZ on Scribd

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