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Small town massacre: Heinze trial begins

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Updated: 10/15/2013 6:56 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A local man accused of beating his family to death is on trial. Guy Heinze Jr. faces eight counts of murder. Prosecutors say he killed his father, his uncle, his aunt, his cousins, and a family friend in a bloody, drug-induced rage. 

The killings happened in August of 2009. And it was Heinze who called 911 saying, "My whole family is dead. It looks like they've been beaten to death."

The prosecution plans to use that call against him.

Assistant District Attorney John Johnson said, "It's important that the evidence says that he hollered that his family was beaten to death, because at that point in time, he is the only person who in fact knows what happened to this family."

In opening statements Tuesday afternoon, the prosecution said that an angry Heinze spent two to three hours beating his family members one at a time with the barrel of a shotgun, all while he was high on crack.

But his defense says that's not the case. Heinze loved his family and would never have hurt them.

Defense attorney Newell Hamilton said, "We don't anticipate there's going to be any evidence of a motive that would be strong enough, or reason enough, for Mr. Heinze to brutally murder every member of his family in that household."

There's also some speculation that Heinze couldn't have committed this crime alone.

Testimony continues Wednesday.

Heinze faces the death penalty if convicted.
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