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Jury: Guy Heinze Found Guilty On 8 Counts Of Malice Murder; Sentenced

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Breaking News:Heinze has been formally sentenced to Life without the possibility of Parole. The sentence was handed down Thursday in Glynn County.

CT 1 – Malice Murder of Brenda Falagan -


CT 2 – Malice Murder of Guy Heinze Sr. -


CT 3- Malice Murder of Russell Toler Sr. -


CT 4 – Malice Murder of Chrissy Toler -


CT 5 – Malice Murder of Russell Toler Jr. -


CT 6 – Malice Murder of Michael Toler -


CT 7 – Malice Murder of Michelle Toler -


CT 8 – Malice Murder of Joseph West -


Upon learning the verdict, Heinze' brother ran from the courtroom in tears. Reports suggest Heinze will not face the death penalty, as part of a previous agreement in court. WJXT-TV reports that Heinze sat emotionless, with his head tiled down as the verdict was read. 

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As the Jury appeared in court around 1:00 Thursday, WJXT-TV reported the "Jury is hung on murder and aggravated assault charges". In addition, it was reported the Jury has reached a verdict on the drug charges in the case.

At 1:05pm, the judge reportedly sent the Jury back to continue deliberating malice murder and aggravated assault charges. (WJXT-TV)

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Heinze is accused of committing one of the worst mass murders in state history -- the murders of eight relatives back in 2009.

Earlier -- the defense focused on evidence that was apparently missed by investigators.

Weeks after eight people were slaughtered inside the Brunswick trailer, the manager of the trailer park says she called police, telling them her and her crew may have uncovered evidence investigators missed.

"A pair of what can be described as bloody nun chucks, the kind you see in martial arts movies."

Defense attorney Newell Hamilton says not only did the manager report finding nun chucks, she also told police about a hammer found near the crime scene. Problem is -- those items never made it to investigators.

"The evidence will show the Glynn County Police Department didn't care enough to come get them even after they were notified."

Until now the prosecution had claimed those weapons didn't exist, that they were never reported, that the manager made up the story.

But the defense claims a recording of the manager's phone call to police was found just this week four years after the murders.

"The Glynn County Police Department shows a complete and total indifference to the preservation and collection of evidence," says Hamilton.

This new discovery adds fuel to the defense's fire. They claim Guy Heinze, Jr. didn't murder his family. They say it would be nearly impossible for one person to beat eight people to death inside a single-wide trailer without anyone waking up and trying to stop him.

Heinze's lawyer was granted a new opening statement today because that new information may affect his defense strategy.

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