UPATOI TRIPLE MURDER TRIAL: Verdict watch update


As of noon, the jury is still in deliberations.

News 3 Mikhaela Singleton's says the jury delivered a note Monday morning and it appears the votes are swaying.

However, we don't know if a majority of the jury is leaning towards guilty or not guilty. 

Stay with News 3 for the latest information. 

UPDATE: 2/15/18 5:30 P.M. 

Jury deliberation continues Thursday. The jury is on a short break and it appears there are some serious conflicts behind deliberation doors. So far three or four notes have come out from the jury complaining of arguments over the ten charges against Rufus Burks.

The indictment includes three counts of malice murder, three counts felony murder, one count burglary, one count kidnapping and two counts of auto theft. 

Jurors have to review the evidence and vote unanimously to convict on any of these charges.

Wednesday, jurors asked to review surveillance video prosecutors presented allegedly showing the defendant Burks and his former co-defendant 21-year-old Raheam Gibson and 19-year-old Jervarceay Tapley on the way to the Bentley Drive crime scene. The videos were collected from businesses along the route Gibson described during his plea deal testimony.

ORIGINAL STORY: 02/14/18 5 p.m.
Jury deliberation continues Wednesday in the Upatoi Triple Murder Trial. 17-year-old Rufus Burks stands accused of ten charges in the murder of 54-year-old grandmother Gloria Short, her son 17-year-old Caleb Short and her granddaughter 10-year-old Gianna Lindsey. All three were found violently beaten and stabbed to death on January 4 of 2016.

We're still waiting on the jury to come out but so far, no verdict yet. They have to unanimously agree on any of the ten charges, including three counts of malice murder, three of felony murder, one kidnapping, one of burglary and two of auto theft.

Jurors are going over all the evidence in the case. Wednesday afternoon, the jury filed back into the courtroom to re-watch copies of several surveillance videos. They were taken from businesses along the route to the crime scene described by former co-defendant Raheam Gibson. Jurors also asked the judge to clarify the law and how it applies to Burks if he was only 'party to a crime' and not directly involved in the murders.

Georgia law says anyone involved in the planning, execution or encouragement of a crime in any way are equally responsible for anything that happens.

Tuesday jurors also wanted to know if the video captured the return trip, but Judge McBride said they would just have to work with the evidence they had.

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