BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A preliminary hearing date has been set for Guy Heinze Jr. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on September 24. However, if a grand jury indicts his case, that date could change.
His lawyer, Ronald Harrison, tells Action News he is making a plea for anyone with information in this case to come forward and for the real killers to turn themselves in.
Harrison says he maintains his innocence in the death of eight of his friends and family members at the New Hope Plantation Saturday August 29th. There is one surviving victim, three-year-old Byron. He's in a Savannah hospital, making improvements.
The district attorney also tells Action News this case does qualify for the death penalty, but he has not decided whether he will seek that in this case. The case will go before a grand jury. If Heinze Jr. is tried on the death penalty, his lawyer tells us the Georgia Capital Defenders will take over his defense.