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 as a sharp force of blunt force. All had associated hemorrhages or bleeding in the tissues," said Grandhi.

Caleb Short was documented as being beat so badly his teeth were knocked out and had numerous skull fractures and bleeding to the brain.

Gloria Short had 11 stab wounds on her head, shoulders, breasts, back, and hands.

Closing arguments will begin Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Sharifa Jackson is live tweeting in the courtroom.

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