Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett said in an order Thursday he plans to begin the trial of Guy Heinze Jr. on Sept. 23, The Brunswick News reported. The timetable in the judge’s written order sets aside several weeks for picking a jury. Attorneys on both sides would start questioning prospective jurors Aug. 19, with final jury selection tentatively set for the day the trial begins.
Heinze, 25, faces the death penalty if he’s convicted of murder in the Aug. 29, 2009, killings of his father, Guy Heinze Sr., and seven members of an extended family who shared a mobile home in coastal Glynn County just outside of Brunswick.
Also killed were 44-year-old Rusty Toler Sr. and his four children — Chrissy Toler, 22; Russell D. Toler Jr., 20; Michael Toler, 19; and Michelle Toler, 15. The other victims were Rusty Toler’s sister, Brenda Gail Falagan, 49, and Chrissy Toler’s boyfriend, Joseph L. West, 30.
Heinze was arrested six days after he called 911 and sobbed as he told an operator: “My whole family is dead.”
Prosecutors say Heinze beat the victims to death with a blunt weapon, but have never given a motive for the slayings.
Heinze has pleaded not guilty.