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Family murder suspect awaits trial four years later

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Updated: 4/23/2013 10:29 pm

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Guy Heinze Jr. is the man police say slaughtered his own family. He's charged with the murders of his own father, his uncle, his cousins, and a family friend. He's accused of beating them to death one by one, then making a frantic call to 911 saying his family was dead.

That was August of 2009. Now, almost four years later, Heinze has yet to stand trial.

In an effort to set a trial date, attorneys on both sides battled the finest of details Tuesday, in front of a judge who was clearly exasperated with the holdup.

We've heard a range of reasons for the delay. From judge changes, to attorney changes, to lost evidence, to evidence that wasn't provided to the defense in a timely manner.

Defense attorney Newell Hamilton said, "We want the trial put off until January of 2014."

Judge Stephen Scarlett quickly replied, "That's not going to happen." He's pushing for the trial to start by the end of August.

Heinze's defense also suggested today that there might be another suspect, that Heinze didn't commit this crime or that he didn't commit it alone.

The state is anxious for a jury to decide. Heinze faces the death penalty, if convicted.

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