Jury continues to deliberate in Ga. mobile home slaying case - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Jury rests for the night, reconvene in morning

Guy Heinze Jr. Guy Heinze Jr.

The hung jury was ordered back into deliberations in the capital murder trial of a man accused in the slaying of eight people in 2009. It appears they are still discussing and deliberating, and not completely deadlocked at 9-3.

As of 1 p.m. the jury was still split 9-3 on eight counts malice murder and aggravated assault charge.

Three jurors would have to change their minds or there could be a mistrial, the second in four years in this case.

The judge gave the jury options at 6:15 p.m., after more than 14 hours of deliberation. After an hour long break for dinner, the jury has decided to break for the night and resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Friday.

Guy 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.

The jury has requested to watch and review the video of a walk through of the mobile home, which was the crime scene.

The state had tried to remove a juror from the jury on Wednesday. Last week, Juror 152 had told a bailiff he could not convict Heinze Jr. based on the evidence presented. The judge denied that request to remove the juror.

The jury met for about seven hours on Wednesday. All indications were they were not close to a unanimous decision Wednesday night, or Judge Scarlett would have likely had them continue working on a verdict.

Shortly after they began deliberations Wednesday afternoon, they had asked the defense team a question and requested a file folder for evidence and an easel.

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