LOOKING AHEAD: Upatoi triple murder trial
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Three suspects in a high-profile murder trial remain scheduled to answer for their alleged crimes later this month.
It's been more than two years since Gloria Short, 54, her son Caleb Short, 17, and her granddaughter, Gianna Lindsay, 10, were found dead inside Gloria's Upatoi home.
At the moment, Superior Court judge Gil McBride's decision to postpone the trial until January 29, 2018 stands. The trial had been previously postponed to Oct. 30, 2017, after having been pushed back from the starting date of Sept. 12, 2017.
Lawyers representing each of the three defendants - Rufus Burks, Javarceay Tapley, and Raheam Gibson - said they had only just received a massive amount of material and information in the discovery process.
However, because they were in the middle of representing other clients in their trials, they approached Judge McBride and said they felt they needed more time to thoroughly plead their cases in court.
As it stands, Burks, Tapley, and Gibson will stand trial together, as all are accused of murdering the three victims.
In October 2017, attorneys representing Burks and Gibson filed motions to separate the trial between their clients and Javarceay Tapley, arguing Tapley allegedly had the most involvement in the gruesome deaths of the family members.
The three defendants face 10 charges each, including kidnapping and aggravated assault.
In her last statement following the announcement that the trial was postponed to January 2018, Shameika Averett, Gloria Short's daughter and Gianna Lindsay's mother, told News Leader 9, "My family and I are very frustrated...We want the trial to happen and everything to be done according to the law."