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Defense: Bloody weapon lost from Brunswick crime scene

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Updated: 10/17/2013 6:30 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Defense attorneys for a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others say a witness reported finding a bloody martial arts weapon outside the mobile home where the slayings occurred, but police never mentioned it in their case.

Guy Heinze Jr., faces the death penalty if convicted of the August 2009 slayings. His lawyer, Newell Hamilton Jr., was granted a new opening statement on the trial's third day Thursday because new information may affect Heinze's defense strategy.

Hamilton said lawyers on both sides learned this week that the mobile home park's manager notified police days after the killings that she found a pair of bloody nunchucks in a tire outside the home. Her call to police was recorded but the weapon was never logged as evidence.

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Guy Heinze Jr. is expected to enter a plea during an arraignment hearing Thursday before a Superior Court judge in Brunswick. (Glynn County, 2012)
Guy Heinze Jr. is expected to enter a plea during an arraignment hearing Thursday before a Superior Court judge in Brunswick. (Glynn County, 2012)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Testimony in the Guy Heinze, Jr. trial started early Thursday morning, with the cross examination of a Glynn County detective. 

Heinze, 26, is accused of killing his father, uncle, aunt, cousins, and a family friend in a bloody, drug-induced rage back in August of 2009. Prosecutors say each victim had been beaten to death with the barrel of a shotgun.

Right this minute, Heinze's defense attorney, Newell Hamilton, is asking Det. Rod Nohilly about Heinze's state of mind and level of intoxication the morning he reported his family had been killed.

Heinze claims he came home from a night out and found their bodies inside the single-wide trailer they all shared.

Hamilton questions whether one man could beat eight people to death without waking up anyone.

Heinze has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

 

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