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LIVE BLOG: Closing arguments underway in the Upatoi murder trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Jurors have been dismissed for the evening in the Upatoi murder trial. 

The first day of deliberations ended after only an hour Tuesday.

Rufus Burks, 17, stands accused in the deaths of Gloria Short, her son Caleb Short, and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey.

Suspects Raheem Gibson and Javarceay Tapley pleaded guilty before the jury was seated. 

Before deliberations, attorneys on both sides used the day to argue their case, one last time.

“This story didn’t end when Mr. Short found his family bloody and beaten to death, and it didn’t end when Mr. Burks and his companions were arrested. So how will this story end?” says Assistant District Attorney, Christopher Williams.

All eyes were on Burks as the Upatoi trial comes to an end.

The State hoping to debunk the idea of the brutal deaths of Gloria Short, Caleb Short and Gianna Lindsey at their Upatoi home was a one-man show.

“Subduing three individuals, it

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Sparta Jr. Police Academy program holds closing ceremony

SPARTA — The township’s fourth annual Junior Police Academy program closed Friday with a ceremony held for the first time at the Mohawk House.

Sixty-six children from fourth through eighth grades attended the three-day event at Sparta Middle School, where officers gave them hands-on training in areas such as crime scene investigation and fingerprinting. The children got to shoot airsoft guns, see how the department uses its K-9 dog, and figure their way out of an escape room.

After their final day of activities, the participants were bused to the Mohawk House, where the children were treated to lunch by owner Steve Scro. They were then given medals by the officers, and state Sen. Steve Oroho, R-24th Dist., sent certificates to present to the children as well.

In addition, five members of the academy — one from each grade — were presented with “sharpshooter” trophies

Read more at: http://www.njherald.com/20170827/sparta-jr-police-academy-program

Closing Arguments Underway In Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Wife

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Closing arguments were underway in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her body in the Everglades.

Around noon, prosecution had wrapped their closing arguments and defense was starting their closings in the trial of Cid Torres.

Defense told the jury they are the checks and balances of the judicial system. They said that because his wife Vilet’s body was never found there is no definitive proof of exactly what happened to her. Nevertheless, prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence that Cid killed his wife.

“Cid Torrez was jealous, possessive, manipulative, selfish and has an ego that doesn’t even fit in this courthouse,” said prosecutor Lanie Bandell.

With his fate hanging in the balance, Cid held his hands together and kept his eyes fixed on the jury. He has said he is innocent did not take the stand during his

Read more at: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/07/13/cid-torrez-trial-florida/

Closing arguments made in Bennett murder case

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Chad Bennett testifies during his murder trial. Bennett is accused of killing Lucille Moore in her Ephrata home on September 2014.

EPHRATA For the second time in a year, attorneys presented closing arguments in the case of an Ephrata man who is accused of murdering his 82-year-old landlord.

Chad Bennett, 27, of Ephrata, is on trial for stabbing Lucille Moore to death in her Ephrata home in September 2014. Prosecutors believe Moores murder was done in a bout of rage after she informed Bennett of her intent to evict him from one of her properties because of past due rent and an outstanding damage deposit. A previous trial in the case resulted in a hung jury and a mistrial was declared after a

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Attorneys give closing arguments in Puskas murder trial


Michelle Lodzinski was sentenced to a 30 year prison term for the 1991 murder of her 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey.

NEW BRUNSWICK – A jury will soon decide if city resident Timothy Puskas killed Kean University student William “Billy” McCaw on a snowy night nearly three years ago.

The jury of seven women and seven men heard closing arguments Friday morning from Puskas’ attorney, Joseph Mazraani, with closing statements from Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai in the afternoon.

Puskas is facing murder, weapons and hindering charges in connection with the Feb. 15, 2014 death of McCaw, 22, a former Hillsborough resident, who was found beaten and left in a dark

Read more at: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2017/01/06/puskas-attorney-gives-closing-argument-murder-trial/96153466/