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Bruises, broken bones, cockroach bites as Heinze trial gets gruesome

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Updated: 10/16/2013 7:04 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Day two of testimony in the Guy Heinze Jr. trial became graphic when a medical examiner took the stand and detailed the autopsies of the eight victims.

Heinze, 26, is accused of beating those people to death with the barrel of a shotgun. Seven of those victims were members of his own family.

The victims were Heinze's father, Guy Heinze, Sr.; his uncle, Russell Toler Sr.; his cousins Russell Toler Jr., Chrissy Toler, and Michael Toler; their aunt, Brenda Falagan and Chrissy Toler's boyfriend, Joseph West.

The sole survivor was Chrissy Toler's then 3-year-old son, Byron Jimerson. Action News has been told Jimerson has since recovered from a severe head wound, and is now living with other family members.

For the first time Wednesday, the jury heard the frantic 911 call where Heinze himself described what he saw that August morning in 2009 when he says he came home to find his family dead.

The 911 operator said, "Can you tell how they were killed?"

Heinze said, "I don't know."

The operator said, "Are they beat up? Have they been shot?"

Heinze sounded like he was crying when he said again, "I don't know."

At one point Heinze told the 911 operator it looked like they had been beaten to death. A medical examiner took the stand, confirming that's what happened.

The doctor detailed the autopsies off all eight victims. He said Heinze's father alone had been struck 22 times in the head and shoulders with a blunt object. Heinze's uncle had been beaten and stabbed. One victim even had cockroach bites on his body.

His defense attorney has questioned whether it's even possible for one man to inflict so many injuries, in a single-wide trailer, without anyone trying to stop him.

Heinze faces eight counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault and drug possession charges. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
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