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Court: Triple homicide suspects stole cash, clothing from scene of crime

Sarah Robinson

srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

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Shameika Averett's mother Gloria Jean Short, 56; daughter Gianna Lindsey, 10; and brother Caleb Robert Short Jr., 17; were killed January 4 at their Upatoi, Georgia home. Averett spoke Monday afternoon on behalf of the family after a preliminary h
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Shameika Averett's mother Gloria Jean Short, 56; daughter Gianna Lindsey, 10; and brother Caleb Robert Short Jr., 17; were killed January 4 at their Upatoi, Georgia home. Averett spoke Monday afternoon on behalf of the family after a preliminary h

Jervarceay Tapley, 17, Raheam Gibson, 19, and Rufus Lanard Burks, 15, were involved in the Jan. 4 triple homicide at 3057 Bentley Drive, according to a Monday afternoon hearing. Burks pleaded not guilty.

Police said Gloria Short and her 10-year-old granddaughter Gianna Lindsey had multiple stab wounds caused by a knife or short-edged weapon.

Camouflage pants, polo shirts, jewelry, video game systems, $600 in cash and more were reported stolen from the residence, according to testimony. A confidential source told police that Burks was seen with some of the property reported stolen, including a black moped, officers testified.

Police said Gibson identified Tapley and Burks as involved in the triple homicide that claimed the lives of Short, her 17-year-old son Caleb Short and Lindsey.

Gibson said he and the two co-defendents took turns riding a moped and bike to the Bentley Drive residence, according to police.

Attorney Jennifer Curry represents Burks. She gave a short statement to the media after court to ask that the public withhold their opinions until the investigation is complete.

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

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