Guy Heinze Jr., 22, the relative who called 911 and reported the brutal attack on eight people in his extended family in a mobile home in Brunswick, Georgia, has been officially charged with eight counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
According to CNN, a police statement reads, “This arrest is the result of a compilation of physical as well as testimonial evidence.” Fox5Atlanta reported that, at a news conference Friday, September 4th, Police Chief Matt Doering said that, very late Friday afternoon, they received two key pieces of information. He said they took that information, and compared it with all the other information they’ve collected this week, and came to the conclusion that Guy Heinze, Jr., was responsible for the murders. Police have not released the evidence.
Shortly after the murders, Heinze was arrested on charges of having a controlled substance, evidence tampering and making false statements to a police officer. Henize had been released at 4:10 p.m. Friday with an ankle monitor, just before the viewing for his family, but was immediately re-arrested.
Heinze is charged with killing Rusty Toler, 44 and his four children, Chrissy, 22, Russell, 20, Michael, 19, and Michelle, 15; Guy Heinze, Sr., 45, Rusty Toler’s half-brother and the accused father; Brenda Gail Falagan, 49, Rusty Toler’s sister; and Joseph L. West, 30, Chrissy Toler’s boyfriend. He was also charged with one count of attempted murder in the attack on Byron Jimmerson, Chrissy Toler’s three-year-old son.
News4Jax reports that Chief Doering said that the investigation is still ongoing, but he is remaining closed-mouthed about the details of the investigation. “There’s a lot of information that I’m unable to give you tonight because we still have a long way to go,” Doering said, adding, “I can tell you that I’m not ruling out any other suspects.”
Much is being made locally about Chrissy Toler’s connection to a 2005 armed robbery, resulting in the jailing of the father of her son. Also, there was, according to locals, a lot of drug use going on in the family.
There is also some discussion about the Toler’s dog. On the 911 call, the neighbor woman speaking to police kept referring to getting the dog confined before the police arrived because the dog was a vicious biter. This begs the question of who could have gained access to the trailer and committed these murders if the dog didn’t know them.
Also, if the victims were shot, why didn’t anyone report hearing gunshots? This was a trailer park, for goodness sake! There was one unsubstantiated report of someone hearing an argument where threats were made.
The Toler family is scheduled to be buried on Saturday, September 5th. Joseph West will be buried on September 12th at 2:00 p.m., at Free Will Baptist Church in Brunswick. An account for help with his funeral expenses has been set up at the Marshland Federal Credit Union.
Previous Associated Content Articles on this Subject:
Georgia Massacre Victims Identified; Burial Set for Victims of Georgia Massacre
CNN Breaking News; FoxNews5Atlanta; NewsJax4; Brunswick News: Reward increased
Toler Family Obituaries