Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Heinze Jr. Remains Jailed, Plans to Attend Funeral; Judge Orders Monitoring as Well as Home Confinement

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Heinze Jr. Remains Jailed, Plans to Attend Funeral; Judge Orders Monitoring as Well as Home Confinement

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - Guy Heinze Jr. was barely audible as he answered a judge's questions in his first public appearance since being arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and lying to police investigating the slayings of his father and seven others.

With his hands folded behind his back, Heinze looked straight at Glynn County Chief Magistrate Tim Barton, nodded and softly answered "Yes sir" when asked whether he understood the proceedings in the bail hearing.

Heinze remained jailed Wednesday night on the $20,000 bail, which is tied to conditions including home confinement except for work and wearing an electronic ankle bracelet so authorities can keep tabs on his whereabouts. Heinze, who could be released today, plans to attend the joint funeral of his slain relatives on Saturday.

When brought in by sheriff's deputies, Heinze smiled slightly upon seeing his grandmother in the courtroom. Defense attorney Ron Harrison said Heinze will stay with his grandmother.

"He is looking forward to being reunited with his family," Harrison said.

But Heinze also is apprehensive, Harrison said.

"He believes the killer is still on the loose," Harrison said.

A friend of Heinze Jr. since high school also attended the hearing and afterward described him as "very sweet."

"Guy doesn't deserve this. His whole family did not deserve what happened to them. They were all nice people," Ashley Strickland said.

Strickland believes Heinze - who made the frantic 911 call to authorities Saturday morning - has told police everything he knows about what happened to his family.

"Knowing his whole family died, if he knew who did it, he would tell the police. I've never known him to be anything but a good guy," she said.

When Heinze returned to his home in New Hope Mobile Home Park shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, he found the bodies of his father, Guy Heinze Sr., 45; his uncle, Russell D. Toler Sr., 44; his cousins, Chrissy Toler, 22, Russell D. Toler Jr., 20, Michael Toler, 19, and Michelle Toler, 15; Russell Toler's sister, Brenda Gail Falagan, 49; and Chrissy Toler's boyfriend, Joseph L. …

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