UPATOI MURDER TRIAL: Jurors disagree on murder charges

UPATOI MURDER TRIAL: Jurors disagree on murder charges

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As another full day of deliberations ends, the idea of a possible verdict is nowhere in sight.

Jurors requested to go home early as their tally of votes is seemingly split.

As of Thursday evening, jurors have only reached a unanimous agreement on three of the ten counts against Rufus Burks. Those counts are burglary, kidnapping and auto theft.

Jurors  are having a particularly hard time agreeing on murder charges. A tally sent to the judge details the jurors are 5-7 on all malice murder charges, and 4-8 on two counts of felony murder. A third felony murder count is reported as "undecided."

The jury is also reporting 2-10 on a second auto theft charge.

These numbers do not reveal either the guilt or innocence the jury is seeking.

If found guilty, 17-year-old Burks could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Burks is on trial for the deaths of Gloria Short, her son Caleb and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey.

Deliberations will resume Friday at 9 a.m.

The judge will instruct the jurors on ways to reach a verdict.

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