October 24, 2013

Jury deliberates 2nd day in slayings trial

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

BRUNSWICK — Jurors are deliberating for a second day in the murder trial of a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others inside the mobile home they all shared.

The jury of eight women and four men resumed weighing evidence Thursday morning at the Glynn County courthouse in the case of Guy Heinze Jr. He could face a death sentence if he’s convicted of murder in the Aug. 29, 2009, slayings just outside Brunswick.

Police say they believe Heinze, who admitted he had been using crack cocaine, single-handedly clubbed the victims to death with a shotgun barrel.

Defense attorneys say police ignored evidence and alternate suspects in their rush to build a case against Heinze.

Jurors spent nearly seven hours deliberating Wednesday after hearing attorneys’ closing arguments.