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Defense: 'What about the bloody nunchucks?'

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Updated: 10/17/2013 7:23 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Day four of the Guy Heinze Jr. trial focused on blood stains, DNA evidence and allegations of shoddy police work.

The 26-year-old Brunswick man faces the death penalty if convicted of one of the worst mass murders the state of Georgia has ever seen. He's accused of beating eight people to death, seven of whom were members of his own family.

Two weeks after the murders, the manager of the trailer park where the crime occurred said she called police, telling them saying she and her crew may have uncovered evidence investigators missed.

"A pair of what can be described as bloody nunchucks. The kind you see in martial arts movies," said defense attorney Newell Hamilton.

He said not only did the manager report finding nunchucks, she also told police about a hammer found near the crime scene. Problem is those items never made it to investigators.

"The evidence will show the Glynn County Police Department didn't care enough to come get them even after they were notified," said Hamilton.

Until now, the prosecution had claimed those weapons didn't exist. That they were never reported. That the manager made up the story.

But the defense claims a recording of the manager's phone call to police was found just this week, four years after the murders.

Hamilton said, "The Glynn County Police Department shows a complete and total indifference to the preservation and collection of evidence."

This new discovery adds fuel to the defense's fire. They claim Heinze didn't murder his family. They say it would be nearly impossible for one person to beat eight people to death inside a single-wide trailer without anyone waking up and trying to stop him.

The prosecution fired back with scientific evidence.

Like a scene from CSI, forensic biologists showed the jury the blood stained clothes the prosecution says Heinze was wearing the night he killed his father, his uncle, his cousins, and a family friend.

They showed them a blood-spattered shotgun and a knife. They said all of the items had traces of the victims blood on them.

It's proof, the prosecution says, that Heinze did more than just come home to find the bodies of his dead family that morning in August 2009.

The prosecution continues to lay out the pieces to its puzzle, but it has yet to tie them all together. So far, there's been no clear motive discussed.

Testimony continues Friday.

Heinze faces the death penalty if convicted.
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