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Heidt's sentence upheld by Ga. Supreme Court

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The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence for Craig Heidt for the 2008 murders of his father and brother in Effingham County.

The state's high court heard arguments in September on the case. His attorney Dow Bonds argued that there is not enough evidence to sufficiently convict Heidt.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the state. 

Justice Keith R. Blackwell wrote: "We conclude that the evidence in this case was sufficient... to find Heidt guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes for which he was convicted."

Heidt was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 85 years in prison in 2010.

In February 2011, Heidt's attorney appealed the trial court of Effingham County and Judge Peed denied him that appeal.

Bonds claimed that the shotgun evidence was withheld from him at trial time.

"The entire process, every i was looked at to make sure it was dotted and every t was looked at to make sure it was crossed. There were a lot of folks looking at this, not just one person. Before they made the arrest, I made them tell me enough of the investigation that I was comfortable with what was being done," said Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

The Georgia Supreme Court found no proof the state improperly withheld evidence of the gun used in the murders that Heidt claimed would have helped his case. 

Bonds issued this statement to WTOC in response to the ruling: "On behalf of my client Craig Heidt, we are extremely disappointed in today's decision by the Georgia Supreme Court, affirming his conviction. Craig continues to maintain his complete innocence & will continue the fight to one day regain his freedom."

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