Murder convictions don’t usually result in public sympathy for the accused, but the case of Guy Heinze Jr. has sparked public calls for a new trial following a documentary that revealed flaws in the police investigation and trial.
Vocal supporters have emerged in both Canada and Britain, and more than 1,700 people have signed a petition calling for a new trial. Various groups have sprung up on Facebook and a Twitter hastag and handle have been created to raise support for Heinze to hire a new legal team.
Heinze was convicted in the 2009 beating death of eight members of his family at the New Hope trailer park in Brunswick, Ga. He was 22 at the time.
After the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, the judge removed a female juror who felt Heinze was not guilty, replacing her with an alternate juror. Heinze was convicted in October 2013 of eight counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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