COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A final witness for the prosecution was called to the stand today in the Upatoi triple murder trial Monday.
Court went into recess Friday after jurors spent the week hearing testimony in the case against 17-year-old Rufus Burks.
Burks is one of three men charged in the 2016 deaths of Gloria Short, her son Caleb, and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey.
Last week, jurors heard from Burks’ former co-defendant, Raheam Gibson, as well as Columbus police and a forensic examiner.
Natasha Grandhi, associate medical examiner for Georgia Bureau of Investigations, was called to testify about the autopsies performed on the victims.
Graphic pictures reveal the victims’ bloody with black and blue bruises. The official cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma for all three.
The youngest of the victims,10 -year-old Gianna Lindsey suffered from 23 stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head.
“All of the injuries that Mrs. Lindsey had were noted
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An east Columbus home decorated for Christmas 2015 became a house of horrors the following January when three people were bound with various types of tape and bludgeoned with a 20-pound dumbbell as their blood splattered the walls and pooled on the floor beneath them.
For three hours Tuesday morning, jurors in the triple-homicide trial of Rufus Leonard Burks IV viewed gruesome photos from 3057 Bentley Drive as a crime-scene investigator explained how police collected evidence in the slayings of Gloria Short, 54; her son Caleb Short, 17; and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey, 10.
Gloria Short lay face down in a central hallway, blue painter’s tape around her wrists and extended to encircle her head and neck. Packing tape was around her thighs. A puddle of blood was beneath her head and more was spattered on the walls.
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The man accused of a triple murder in a Belleville hair salon in 2005 said in a jailhouse interview last week that he’s innocent, and that the prosecution knows it because they already charged someone else who was acquitted.
Samuel L. Johnson, 52, was charged last year with the murders of hairstylist Michael Cooney and two of Cooney’s clients, 79-year-old Doris Fischer and 82-year-old Dorothy Bone. The three were found stabbed to death on March 2, 2005 in Cooney’s home-based salon at 7813 W. Main St. in Belleville. Fischer and Bone were sisters.
“I am innocent,” Johnson said. “If you get a conviction, you will be convicting an innocent man.”
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly charged Johnson last year. Johnson had been scheduled to go to trial last week, but the trial was continued at the request of the defense.
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Jessica Nunez was screaming on the sidewalk.
The plainclothes cop who was the first to respond to a report of a “person shot” at 50th and Parrish Streets saw the hysterical teenager and knew something terrible had happened.
Detective Matthew Carey ran into tiny Lorena’s Grocery, gun drawn, he told a courtroom Tuesday. Near the front of the store, he found Porfirio Nunez, Jessica’s father, lying motionless. There was a trail of blood leading to the back of the store.
On the floor near the deli counter, he found Lina Sanchez, Jessica’s aunt, and Juana Nunez, Jessica’s mother, blood pooling around them. One of the women, Carey said – “I’ll never forget this” – had wedged herself into a small space between the lunchmeat counter and the refrigerator, as if in a last, desperate try to escape her attackers.
All three had been shot dead, Jessica and her sister Laura would later tell
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HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. MONDAY UPDATE (10/31): Harvey County Sheriff T Walton says the investigation into a triple murder continues.
So far, no suspects have been identified, but Sheriff Walton says he does not believe there is any danger to the public. Sheriff Walton says they have ruled out the case being a murder-suicide. He also says there were no apparent signs of struggle.
Officers were able to locate a vehicle and the driver they said could be connected with the case, but that did not lead them to a suspect. Sheriff Walton says there is a relationship between that driver and one of the victims.
Investigators spent the night reviewing the crime scene and following up on leads.
Sheriff Walton would not identify those who were killed, but offered his condolences to the families.
He says all three victims died of
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