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Heidt case fact sheet

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Aug. 25, 2008 -- 3:30 a.m. Shooting at Heidt home on Springfield-Egypt Road. Philip Heidt, 59, and Craig Heidt, 32, were killed. Linda Heidt was shot, but survived.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation asked to join case by Effingham County sheriff because their office didn't have the resources and he was friends of the Heidts. Both agencies continued to work on the case.

September 2008 -- Agents and investigators search Philip and Carey Heidts' office in Rincon.

Investigators interview more than 100 people on the shooting, but still no arrests.

May 22, 2009 – Philip and Linda Heidt's other son, Craig Heidt, is charged with the slayings.

Prosecutors say they have evidence that Robin Heidt, Carey Heidt's widow, was having an affair with her brother-in-law, Craig Heidt.

Feb. 2, 2010 – Robin Heidt arrested for threatening a witness. Judge orders her to move to Charleston until the trial. Judge lets her return early because she cooperates.

May 2010 – Trial was scheduled to begin. Trial postponed because Craig Heidt's attorney had a personal conflict.

August 2010 – Robin Heidt moves back to her home on Ebenezer.

Aug. 16, 2010 – Trial rescheduled for this day. Heidt's attorney had a federal drug case that is scheduled to start the same day.

Sept. 27, 2010 – Trial rescheduled for this day and is postponed. Request to postpone comes from the state after Robin Heidt's brother, John Raft, commits suicide in her home on Sept. 14, 2010.

Nov. 30, 2010 – Trial starts and jury selections begins. Four men and eight women were picked to serve on the jury. There's three alternates, who are also women.

Dec. 1, 2010 - Trial opens. Jurors see video and images from the crime scene. Heidt's mother, Linda, testifies.

Dec. 2, 2010 - Jurors visit the Heidt home where the shootings took place. GBI Agent Steven Foster, the lead agent in the investigation and the medical examiner, who performed the autopsies on both Carey and Philip Heidt, testified.

Dec. 3, 2010 - Robin Heidt testifies about her affair with Craig, the tension the between the brothers before the slayings and that she paid for Craig's first attorney with the life insurance money she received for her slain husband.   

GBI agent John Barry then took the stand. He arrived the morning of the shootings and it was his job was to interview family members.

That morning GBI investigators went to Craig's cabin in Oliver and found that his bed had no sheets on it and that there was just a comforter on the bed, according to Barry. Craig explained he had slept on the couch that night. Barry testified that still to this day those sheets have never been found.

Craig Heidt gave Barry a list of all of the weapons he owned, which included a shotgun. Philip, Carey and Linda Heidt were all shot with a shotgun.

Dec. 6, 2010 - Real estate and wills attorney Dan Taulbee worked on Philip Heidt's will and Carey Heidt's trust for his children.

Billy Hickman, an accountant, was next to take the stand. He was the executor of Carey Heidt's kids' trust fund.

Dec. 7, 2010: Bruises discovered on Craig Heidt's upper arm are raise questions. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Eugene Howard told jurors that a few days after the deadly shootings, Heidt was asked to come to their office so agents could take a look at his upper body.

But prosecutors aren't buying the story. Dr. Jaime Downs testified that the bruises on Craig Heidt's arm were a couple of days old and that the re-enactment doesn't make sense.

Dec. 8, 2010: Youngest brother, Chris Heidt, and Philip Heidt's personal assistant were called to the stand by Craig Heidt's defense attorney.

Chris told jurors that police thought Craig had something to do with the murders within days of the investigation. He testified that police tried to convince him that Craig did it. Joanne Reiser, told the jury that Philip loved all his sons the same.

Dec. 9, 2010: Closing arguments wrap up. Juror finds Craig Heidt guilty on 11 counts, just hours after later.

Dec. 1, 2011: Defense attorneys file motion for new trial.

Dec. 19, 2011: Heidt family friend testifies about handing a shotgun to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. The defense said that could have been a gun used in the shootings. The state said the gun used had a woodgrain handle. State prosecutors said the five shotguns that belonged to Carey Heidt didn't need have anything to do with the case and that the defense didn't need to know about it.

Sept. 10, 2012: Appeal goes before Georgia Supreme Court.

Jan. 7, 2013: Georgia Supreme Court upholds the life sentence for Craig Heidt's murder conviction.


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