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Jury seated in trial of man accused of clubbing friends and family to death, Guy Heinze Jr.

7:46 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
Guy Heinze, Jr.
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A jury is seated in a case against a Georgia man for the 2009 deaths of his father and seven family members that were killed in a mobile home they shared.

The jury is comprised of 10 women and six men, four of whom are alternates.

The opening statements in the case is set to start at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The jury will hear the case against Guy Heinze Jr., 26, has pleaded not guilty and faces a possible death sentence.

Glynn County Superior Court Judge Steven Scarlett has ordered the jury to be sequestered throughout the trial, which is expected to last at least two weeks.

Several witnesses have been called and the defense has filed a motion to strike the death penalty, which will continue after opening statements.

All of the victims were clubbed to death. Police and prosecutors say Heinze acted alone, but have never explained how he could have killed so many people with no one escaping.

In the first day of the trial, both the prosecution and defense took their time laying out their side of the case to the jury.

For the prosecution, John Johnson, Special Assistant to the District Attorney told jurors what investigators said found in the mobile home.  He went room by room - at times giving very graphic details as to the conditions of the victims.   At the end of his opening argument, he had a strong message for jurors.

"When the evidience is finished - what you will not see if nobody - not one person in Glynn County, Macintosh, Charlton, Camden, not one person's DNA was in that house - except this defendant," he said.

The defense told jurors about the relationship between Heinze Jr. and the victims.   Newell Hamilton Jr. , the lead defense attorney told jurors Heinze and the victims trusted each other, lived together, and did everything together.  Hamilton even called the whole group a family.

" They were a family," he said.  " I don't anticipate there will be evidence of a motive strong enough for Mr. Heinze to murder every member of his family in that household," Hamilton added.

The first full day of testimony starts at 9:00 Wednesday morning at the Glynn County courthouse.

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