UPATOI MURDER TRIAL: Jury seated, testimony phase to begin Monday

UPATOI MURDER TRIAL: Jury seated, testimony phase to begin Monday
Updated: Feb. 2, 2018 at 1:31 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After a week of questioning, the jury selection process in the Upatoi Triple Murder trial is complete.

The panel consists of nine men and seven women. Four alternates are being used in this case.

Seventeen-year-old Rufus Burks is set to stand trial for the murders of Gloria Short, her son Caleb, and her granddaughter, Gianna Linsey—In January of 2016.

Burks faces 10 charges of murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary and auto theft. He also faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

However, the State is not seeking the death penalty in this case.

With 26 witnesses being called to testify, attorneys are expecting this trial to last at least two to three weeks.

Two other suspects are avoiding trial after reaching plea agreements with the prosecution.

Co-defendant, Raheam Gibson has agreed to plead guilty and testify against Burks and Javarceay Tapley is pleading guilty to three counts of malice murder.

Both Gibson and Tapley will be sentenced following the trial.

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