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The Glynn County mass murder was discovered on August 29, 2009, when seven dead bodies were found at the New Hope Mobile Home Park[1] in Glynn County, Georgia, near Brunswick. There were also two people found injured, one of whom later died of injuries.[2][3]

Glynn County mass murder
LocationBrunswick, Georgia, U.S.
DateAugust 29, 2009
Attack type
Familicide
WeaponUnknown blunt object
Deaths8
Non-fatal injuries
1
PerpetratorGuy Heinze Jr.

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MurdersEdit

At approximately 8:15 am on August 29, 2009, police received a 9-1-1 call from a 22-year-old man, Guy Heinze Jr., claiming that his whole family had been beaten to death. On arrival at the trailer park, they found seven people dead and two others critically injured. One of those injured, 19-year-old Michael Toler, died the following day in the hospital.[4] On September 8, police stated that the victims had been beaten with a large instrument. They believed that three people committed the crime.[5]

The murders gained international attention and have been referred to as the worst mass murder case in Georgia state history.[6][7]

Arrest of HeinzeEdit

Police arrested Heinze on suspicion of tampering with evidence at the crime scene and on drug possession charges. Glynn County Police gave a press conference on August 30 in which they would not identify the other victims, but stated their ages ranged from "older than infants to their mid-40s". Police chief Matt Doering said, "I wouldn't call Mr. Heinze a suspect, but I won't rule him out either."[8][9] On September 4 he was charged with the murders.[10]

TrialEdit

On September 14, 2009, Heinze was indicted by a grand jury, and prosecutors intended to seek the death penalty.[11] In 2011, defense attorneys were given permission to observe DNA testing of a broken gun stock and other items recovered from the scene of the crimes.[12] The judge originally assigned to the trial resigned in 2011 for reasons unrelated to the case.[13] Heinze pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing on February 23, 2012.[13] During the trial, the prosecution put forward the theory that drugs and money was the prime motivation for the murders. Heinze's defense countered that the investigation refused to consider other suspects in the killings.[14] On October 25, 2013, Heinze was convicted of all eight murders and sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole. Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty as part of the deal with the defense when juror 152 was removed and replaced by a substitute.[15]

Media documentaryEdit

On March 24, 2014, parts of the trial were included in a televised UK BBC 3 documentary about the case; Judgement (Life and Death Row, part 2).[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "7 Found Slain at Georgia Mobile Home". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  2. ^ "Seven People Found Dead In Trailer Park". News.sky.com. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  3. ^ "8th Person Dies in Trailer Killings". Gpb.org. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  4. ^ "911 call released in Brunswick murders – WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather". Wmbfnews.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  5. ^ The Brunswick News, September 9, 2009, p. A1
  6. ^ "Misstänkt massmord i USA | Nyheter | Expressen | Senaste nytt – Nyheter Sport Ekonomi Nöje". Expressen.se. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  7. ^ "Ber naboene være på vakt – VG Nett". Vg.no. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  8. ^ [1] Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Eight person dies after trailer park bloodbath | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  10. ^ [2] Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Associated Press (Sep 15, 2009). "Prosecutor to pursue death penalty in Ga. slayings". Chronicle. Augusta, Ga. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  12. ^ Bynum, Russ; Associated Press (June 29, 2011). "Gun stock to be tested for DNA in Ga. slayings". Cedartown Standard. Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b Associated Press (Feb 23, 2012). "Mass murder suspect pleads not guilty". news4jax. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  14. ^ jacksonville.com/news/crime
  15. ^ "Guy Heinze Jr., Ga. man, guilty of killing father and 7 others in mobile home but won't get death penalty". CBS News. Oct 25, 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  16. ^ "BBC Three – Life and Death Row, Judgement". BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2015.