Heinze trial update - Day 4
By: Michael Hall
The prosecution in the death penalty case against Guy Heinze Jr. today showed the jury a video of a police interview conducted in 2009 in which Heinze told an investigator at least three things that contradicted previous statements he made to police the day they arrived at the trailer where his father and seven others had been murdered on Aug. 29, 2009.
Heinze is accused of all eight murders and is on trial in Glynn County Superior Court.
In the video, Glynn County Police Investigator Len Davis asked Heinze about what he had done on Aug. 28, 2009, the day prior to the murders.
Davis asked Heinze why he did not mention earlier in the interview that he had gone to Fort King George Motel in Darien with one of the victims, Russel Toler Jr., as Heinze had told police the day of the murders.
Heinze lived with Toler and nine others in the trailer where the murders occurred.
Heinze told Davis he had merely forgotten that part of the day during the interview.
Davis also asked Heinze why he had told police he was wearing a pair of khaki shorts over a pair of black and gray gym shorts all night when he was seen on a surveillance video wearing only the gym shorts early the morning of the murders.
Davis also asked Heinze why he was saying during the video taped interview that he had sat with Michael Toler, his cousin, until police arrived the morning of the murders after telling police at the scene he had smoked marijuana while waiting for them to arrive.
Heinze attributed most of the discrepancies to being “messed up” on crack cocaine the previous night.
Prior to the video being shown, Ryan Alexander, a Glynn County Police narcotics officer, testified that in his experience, people using large amounts of crack cocaine often act erratically and violently.
In addition to allegedly killing his father, Guy Heinze Sr., 46, Guy Heinze Jr. he is accused of killing his father’s friend, Russell Toler Sr., 44, and Toler’s children – Chrissy Toler, 22, Russell Toler Jr., 20, Michael Toler, 19, and Michelle Toler, 15. He also is charged in the deaths of family friends Brenda Falagan, 48, and Joseph West, 30.
Heinze is also accused of attempting to kill Byron Jimmerson, Chrissy Toler’s son, who was a preschooler at the time.
The district attorney is seeking the death penalty.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Judge Stephen Scarlett is presiding over the case.
The trial of Heinze, now in its fourth day, is to resume after lunch.