Jury to hear closing arguments in Heidt murder trial

SPRINGFIELD, GA (WTOC/AP) - Attorneys are expected to present closing arguments in the murder trial of a Craig Heidt, who is charged with killing his father and brother in a family feud over an extramarital affair.

Heidt faces life in prison if convicted of the August 2008 shotgun slayings of his father, real estate developer Philip Heidt, and his younger brother, Carey Heidt.

The state has portrayed Craig Heidt as a dead beat, a liar and murder over the course of the trial, but on Wednesday jurors got a different glimpse of the man on trial.

The defense rested Wednesday afternoon. Heidt's brother Chris testified. The personal assistant of Heidt's father also testified.

Chris Heidt told the jury that Craig Heidt did not commit the crimes. He said 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. He said that he tried to get Craig to give himself up if he had anything to do with what happened.

Philip Heidt's personal assistant, Joanne Reiser, told the jury that Philip loved all his sons the same. She also said there was a lot of tension within the family after the affair between Craig and Robin. She said Carey had been sleeping at the office for a while on an air mattress.

The defense also called Linda Heidt back to the stand and had her read a letter Philip wrote to Craig. The letter was never delivered.

While being questioned by the state, the defense's expert testified that there could have been two shooters in the home the night of the murders.

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