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LIVE BLOG: Deliberations continue; judge instructs jury to find a verdict in Upatoi trial

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – The Crisis Center of Russel County is raising awareness for domestic violence. A 5k and 1 Mile Walk is being held to raise money for the Crisis Center of Russell County. The center is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and they also have a Rape Crisis Assault Help Line for victims. The race is being held at Garrett Harrison Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the W…

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LIVE BLOG: Upatoi murder trial verdict watch WTVM Live

Alone.  A picture speaks a thousand words, but one photo circulating on social media can be described with one.  He is alone. Dressed in a button down, the man sits in a booth with a card neatly propped on the table. Two plates, two sets of silverware and two glasses of wine lay in front of him.  Across from the otherwise romantic spread sits an ornate bottle, holding what once showered him in loving embraces, laughs and memories.  For just one meal, he wa…

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LIVE BLOG: Jury dismissed in day 3 of Upatoi murder trial deliberations WTVM Live

Hundreds attend a candlelight vigil Thursday for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL.

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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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Reager trial reaches day three, Coast Guardsmen testify – WJHG

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some members of the United States Coast Guard were called to testify in court Thursday and recount events from almost two and a half years ago.

The trial of Samuel Reager continued inside the Bay County Courthouse. The attempted murder case centers around FWC officer David Brady, who was shot in 2015.

At least three Coast Guard members were questioned by defense attorneys on their handling of evidence. The guardsmen described what evidence they noticed in the water at the crime scene.

One of the men said he found spent and unspent rounds in the sailboat while securing it to the U.S. Coast Guard vessel. Another talked about noticing the FWC boat circling in the water and hearing someone in the water yell that shots had been fired.

Later, a crime scene investigator took the stand to talk about

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Reager trial reaches day three, Coast Guardsmen testify – WJHG.com – WJHG

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some members of the United States Coast Guard were called to testify in court Thursday and recount events from almost two and a half years ago.

The trial of Samuel Reager continued inside the Bay County Courthouse. The attempted murder case centers around FWC officer David Brady, who was shot in 2015.

At least three Coast Guard members were questioned by defense attorneys on their handling of evidence. The guardsmen described what evidence they noticed in the water at the crime scene.

One of the men said he found spent and unspent rounds in the sailboat while securing it to the U.S. Coast Guard vessel. Another talked about noticing the FWC boat circling in the water and hearing someone in the water yell that shots had been fired.

Later, a crime scene investigator took the stand to talk about

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LIVE BLOG: Defendant’s texts, Facebook messages introduced in Upatoi trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Testimony continues in the Upatoi murder trial.

Thursday, the spotlight was on the defendant, Rufus Burks’ phone, Facebook messages, texts, and anything else used to communicate.

Officers issued search warrants for all three suspects’ phones Javarceay Tapley, Raheam Gibson and Rufus Burks less than a month after the murders.

Messages show Burks and Tapley allegedly communicated just days after the brutal murders in Upatoi.

Burks: call me

Tapley: Can’t with family

Burks: Look at the news

Tapley: I did, nothing happened, forget everything bruh, no snitching… no telling them what we did. Straight up.

Burks: ok

Burks’ phone also containing messages revealing attempts to trade video games and shoes.

The State previously established through law enforcement testimony a PlayStation 4 and several games were missing from Caleb Short’s room following the murders.

“Mr. Burks was having correspondence with individuals in reference to trading stolen property from Bentley Drive. The particular items including NBA 2k16 and a

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Reager trial: Testimony shifts to DNA, weapons forensics

Jurors on Thursday saw extensively catalogued DNA and gunshot evidence taken from the scene of the open-water shootout.

PANAMA CITY — Blood and bullet holes told the story Thursday of the 2015 shooting of a fish and wildlife officer.

It was the third trial day for 20-year-old Samuel Wyndham Reager, who faces life in prison on several charges, including attempted first-degree murder of an officer, in connection with the shooting of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer David Brady.

Jurors on Thursday saw extensively catalogued DNA and gunshot evidence taken from the scene of the open-water shootout. They first heard testimony from a group of U.S. Coast Guardsmen about the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2015, when they pulled Brady, bleeding and frantic, from the choppy St. Andrew Bay waters with two gunshot wounds. Moments earlier, they’d been between 100

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