COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - News Leader 9 has new developments to a story that horrified and shook the community earlier this year, as formal charges have been filed against two teens and a 20 year old from Columbus accused of killing three Upatoi family members.
The indictment accuses the group of kidnapping Caleb Short, and also includes felony murder charges which, by definition, means someone died during the commission of a felony.
The suspects also face malice murder charges, which indicates specific intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm. The indictment also states Gloria Short and her granddaughter died by blunt force trauma to the head and stabbing, while Caleb Short died solely of blunt force trauma to the head.
WTVM reached out to the District Attorney's office, and they had no comment. Attorney Jennifer Curry representing 16-year-old Burks tells WTVM she's surprised to see the indictment since the crime report hasn't returned from lab testing.
Curry says in just a few days, on Aug. 5, there will be an arraignment. She adds that she's glad to see this case going to court so soon.