Special to SEGAZINE
Jurors saw photos and a videotape of blood-splattered walls, a pool of blood on a bed and bludgeoned victims Tuesday as Guy Heinze Jr.’s death penalty murder trial opened.
The 10-woman, six-man jury, four of whom are alternates, had taken their oaths about two hours before Glynn County police Lt. Keith Stalvey testified to finding seven bodies and two victims still alive Aug. 29, 2009, when he arrived at a mobile home north of Brunswick.
The bodies were those of Guy Heinze Sr., 45, his longtime friend 44-year-old Rusty Toler Sr. and Toler’s three children — Chrissy Toler, 22; Russell D. Toler Jr., 20; and Michelle Toler, 15. The other victims were Rusty Toler’s sister, Brenda Gail Falagan, 49, and Chrissy Toler’s boyfriend, Joseph L. West, 30.Toler’s son, Michael Toler, 19, was alive but died the next day. Chrissy Toler’s son, Byron Jimerson, survived severe head injuries and lives with his maternal grandmother.
As jurors were riveted on the crime scene video that showed the victims’ bodies lying about the house in front of bloodied walls and beds, one of Toler’s family members appeared to be weeping in the front row of the courtroom as another turned from the screen and kept her head down.