By Calvin Palmer
The man who called 911 to say his whole family had been murdered was charged yesterday with killing the eight people attacked in the family’s mobile home near Brunswick, Georgia.
Guy Heinze Jr, 22, was arrested yesterday on eight counts of first-degree murder in the mass killing last weekend at a mobile home park at the New Hope Plantation.
Heinze is accused of the murders of his father, aunt, uncle and four cousins, and a cousin’s boyfriend. He was also charged with the attempted murder of a cousin’s three-year-old son.
Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering would not say what evidence led police to charge Heinze and declined to say whether police think Heinze acted alone or with others.
“Right now, I don’t know,” Doering said. “I do know he’s involved… I would have not allowed him to be arrested if I was not comfortable with that.”
Doering said two new pieces of evidence implicating Heinze became available yesterday but he refused to give details.
“It’s the most heinous crime we’ve ever had in this community,” said Doering.
Details of the killings have not been revealed in order not to jeopardize the investigation. Even the cause of death of the victims remains shrouded in secrecy.
The victims included Heinze’s father, Guy Heinze Sr, 45; his uncle, Russell Toler Sr, 44; his cousins, Chrissy Toler, 22, Russell D. Toler Jr, 20, Michael Toler, 19, and Michelle Toler, 15; his aunt, Brenda Gail Falagan, 49; and Chrissy Toler’s boyfriend, Joseph West Jr, 30.
Three-year-old Byron Jimmerson Jr remains in critical condition at Memorial University Medical Center, in Savannah.
Hours after the bodies were found, Heinze was charged with evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession. Bond was set at $20,000 on Wednesday with a requirement that he wear an electronic monitor.
He was freed from jail for about 90 minutes yesterday before he was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder.
Otis West, 34, the brother of Joseph West, said he wasn’t too surprised by arrest of Heinze.
“I kinda figured he had something to do with it,” West said. “It’s a real sad situation. It’s somewhat relieving, but it’s still like a mystery because I’m pretty sure he did not do all of that by himself.”
Doering said he is not ruling out the possibility of additional arrests. The investigation is ongoing.