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Crime scene expert, forensics expert takes stand in Heinze Jr trial


A forensics expert and a crime scene expert took the stand Tuesday in the trial of Guy Heinze Jr., a man accused of killing eight people.

Michael Knox, a crime scene analyst who testified in the George Zimmerman trial in Orlando, called this the crime scene of a career and questioned why the FBI and GBI were not called in for their resources. He also said police appeared to have ignored evidence and failed to follow basic crime scene rules.

Knox testified that Glynn County police did not spend as much time collecting evidence outside as they did inside the mobile home, and some evidence may have been ignored.

"There are tire impressions which do not belong to the mercury cougar," said Knox. "And you will see police standing in the dirt in the back, as well as footprints not entered into evidence."

The witnesses pointed out what they call major flaws in the Glynn County police investigation, including putting bloody evidence in plastic bags and putting evidence in the same package, which can contaminate it.

They also said clothes, including a polo shirt and pair of shorts, did not have enough blood on them to be worn by the attacker because of the amount of blood and splatters involved in the grisly attacks.

The defense witnesses testified that four of the eight murder victims fought for their lives, and with the amount of blood inside the trailer, whoever killed them would have had blood all over their clothes.

Knox said photos of Heinze Jr. following his arrest showed little blood or evidence he was involved in a struggle. Knox also said police failed to process the bodies of the victims for any of their attackers' DNA, skin or fingerprints.

Experts also believe two weapons were used in the attacks, calling into question how many people may have committed the murders.

They said the evidence points to more than one attacker and said Heinze Jr. could not have committed this crime alone.  

"For this attack alone, there could be a single perpetrator, but for the all of this taken into conjunction this could not be done by one person," said Knox. "You will start waking people up. This is not something one person could carry out on their own."

He also testified a back window was wide open and could have been exit or entry point, but it was not fingerprinted or looked at, along with other possible weapons, tire tracks or footprints.

Closing arguments will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. and then the jury will deliberate.

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