The Associated Press
BRUNSWICK, Ga. —
Defense attorneys for a coastal Georgia man charged with murder said in a court filing that the suspect passed a polygraph test in which he denied killing his father and seven others in a mobile home near Brunswick.
Guy Heinze Jr. is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 23 for the 2009 slayings. The victims were all beaten to death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Heinze’s defense attorney filed a motion Tuesday asking a Superior Court judge to allow limited use of a recent polygraph test. They said they want to present the results only if Heinze is convicted and if jurors must choose between sentences of life in prison or death by lethal injection.
Polygraph results are rarely admitted as evidence in Georgia courts, though judges can allow them if both prosecutors and defense attorneys consent.
Heinze took the polygraph test June 14, The Brunswick News reported (http://bit.ly/136Je60). Heinze’s attorneys say he was asked if he had attacked, assaulted or killed any of his family members the weekend of the slayings and each time replied, “No.”
“It is my opinion that Mr. Heinze is telling the truth when he denies physically assaulting his family,” polygraph examiner Kenneth Blackstone wrote in test results included with the court documents.
Heinze, 25, is charged with killing his father, Guy Heinze Sr., on Aug. 29, 2009, along with seven members of an extended family who shared a mobile home in coastal Glynn County.
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.
Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com
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