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