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Defense finishes closing arguments in GA death penalty case

Guy Heinze Jr. Guy Heinze Jr.

The defense has wrapped up their closing arguments in the death penalty case for Guy Heinze Jr. at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick.

Heinze Jr., 26, is charged with the slaying of his father, aunt, uncle, cousins, and a family friend during a drug-induced rage in 2009. He pleaded not guilty to all charges, and he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Wavering, unsettled, unsatisfied - not guilty were words that Heinze Jr.'s attorney Newell Hamilton kept repeating to the jury. They took a recess late Wednesday morning.

"The state has not come close to meeting the burden of proof or reasonable doubt. The state has not proven one single allegation against Guy Heinze Jr." Hamilton said. "What the state is telling you, after four years, they still don't know what happened."

Hamilton said the state's case is a theory with no murder weapon found that Heinze Jr. beat his family to death while they were sleeping for pills, and no one woke up. He said prosecutors also threw out another theory that Heinze Jr. didn't act alone or know if he did or not.

He added that police interviewed Heinze Jr. while he was in the state of shock and allegedly on drugs.

He stressed that prosecutors theory not only doesn't make sense from a practical standpoint, but they have no evidence to prove it.

"State contends the small amount of blood found on Heinze Jr.'s clothes was significant. But if he killed his whole family, why is there no blood transfer? Why did people see him well after 11:30 p.m. with no blood on him. Why is it the kind of blood you would get from bumping into something? There was not a speck of blood in the car he was driving," Hamilton said.  

He maintained there was no blood in the Mercury Cooper, and that testimony supports his client and does not prove his guilt.

"It is significant the only blood analyst who testified was brought in by the defense," Hamilton said. "Heinze had no impact splatter of blood only the small amount of transfer and if he was the person who killed these people he would have been covered in blood from head to toe and clothes would be covered in blood."

He said prosecutors didn't want any information, possible suspects or evidence that contradicted their theory. 

"If there was a witness or information contrary to the state's or police theory, it was ignored," he said.  

Hamilton said state prosecutors did not attempt to investigate every possible lead, rule out evidence or suspects, ignored information, because they were convinced Heinze Jr. was guilty three or hours days after the murders.

Michael Knox, a crime scene analyst who testified in the George Zimmerman trial in Orlando, testified Tuesday. He called the mobile home the crime scene of a career and questioned why the FBI and GBI were not called in for their resources. He also said police appeared to have ignored evidence and failed to follow basic crime scene rules.

Knox testified that Glynn County police did not spend as much time collecting evidence outside as they did inside the mobile home, and some evidence may have been ignored.

Hamilton said police were worried about producing evidence which would show Heinze Jr. was innocent.

"The law demands a not guilty verdict if after looking at all the evidence and you decide the State has given you a grain of suspicion," he said. He stressed that guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is a high burden of proof.

"The state isn't looking for the truth here. They continue to perpetuate this fraud," he said.  

"Guy is not a key. He is a man – an innocent man."

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