Guy Heinze Jr. trial update
By: Michael Hall
Guy Heinze Jr. clinched his eyes shut tightly at times in Glynn County Superior Court Wednesday as defense attorneys played an audio recording of the frantic 911 call during which Heinze hysterically told dispatchers his family had been killed.
“Everybody’s dead. My whole family is dead,” Heinze cried repeatedly over the telephone to the emergency dispatcher the morning of Aug. 29, 2009. “I don’t know what to do, man.”
The tape was played during cross examination of Glynn County Police Lt. Keith Stalvey, who was initially called for direct testimony by the prosecution on Tuesday, the first day of trial of Heinze. It was played for the jury before court adjourned for lunch today.
Heinze is accused of killing his father and seven others in a trailer in a mobile home park at New Hope Plantation.
Defense attorney Newell Hamilton also questioned Stalvey about how he interviewed Heinze immediately following the murder when Heinze was clearly traumatized and had admitted to using drugs.
After two hours of cross examination and redirect examination of Stalvey by Special District Attorney John B. Johnson, the prosecution called Dr. Edmund Donoghue, regional medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who testified about his examination of the eight bodies discovered by Heinze at the trailer he shared with many of the victims.
Donoghue described in detail the 19 different injuries Heinze’s father, Guy Heinze Sr., suffered around his head and neck as well as several other external and internal injuries incurred during the beating that took his life.
Heinze, who has maintained his innocence, is facing the death penalty.
The trial, which could last as long as two weeks, is in its second day. Jury selection and opening arguments were made Tuesday.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Judge Stephen Scarlett is presiding over the trial.
The trial was to resume after lunch.