By Calvin Palmer
The man suspected of killing eight people at a mobile home park near Brunswick, Georgia, beat his victims to death, police said today. Initial unconfirmed reports said the victims had been shot.
Guy Heinze Jr, 22, who cried “my whole family’s dead” when he reported the killings in a frantic 911 call on August 29, was charged on Friday with eight counts of murder.
Police say Heinze bludgeoned his father and seven others to death in a mobile home on the New Hope Plantation.
Clint Rowe, an uncle to four of the dead, said he found that hard to believe unless the victims were drugged, especially with several grown men among those killed.
“They would’ve fought until the end,” Rowe said. “Wouldn’t you think one person would’ve had a hard time killing eight people with a blunt object without someone giving them a fight?”
Hours after the slayings were discovered, police jailed Heinze on charges of drug possession, evidence tampering and lying to police. He was released on bond but then charged with the killings 90 minutes later.
The dead included the suspect’s father, 45-year-old Guy Heinze Sr; Rusty Toler Sr, 44; his sister Brenda Gail Falagan, 49; and Toler’s four children: Chrissy, 22; Russell Jr., 20; Michael, 19; and Michelle, 15.
Chrissy Toler’s boyfriend, 30-year-old Joseph L. West, was also killed. Her 3-year-old son, Byron Jimerson Jr survived the attack and is in Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
Heinze has also been charged with one count of attempted murder.
District Attorney Stephen Kelley said a decision on whether to seek the death penalty will be made after Heinze is indicted.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]