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

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LIVE BLOG: Upatoi murder trial verdict watch WTVM Live

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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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LIVE BLOG: Upatoi triple murder victims suffer blunt force trauma, stabbings during brutal beatings

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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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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LIVE BLOG: Upatoi murder suspect who pleaded guilty testifies in trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Testimony resumed in the Upatoi triple murder trial in Columbus.

Rufus Burks is being tried for his role in the deaths of Gloria Short, her son Caleb and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey.

For the first time, we are hearing from one of the suspects in the Upatoi triple murder trial.

The 21 year old suspect, Raheam Gibson pleading guilty to charges last week ahead of the trial, in return having to testify against co-defednant, Rufus Burks, someone he says he knew only two months before the deadly night in Upatoi.

District Attorney, Al Whitaker: “Who was the person making the plans?”

Raheam Gibson: “Javarceay Tapley.”

District Attorney, Al Whitaker: “And what was those plans?”

Raheam Gibson: “To make a lick on his cousin house.”

District Attorney, Al Whitaker: “What is a lick?”

Raheam Gibson: “To Burglarize.”

Three suspects, Javarceay Tapley, Rufus Burks, and then there is Raheam Gibson.

Gibson holding fast to his testimony that he had

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