Georgia Man Innocent in Trailer Slayings: Kid Brother
Cites drug dispute; 'my bro has a conscience'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2009 2:09 PM CDT
The casket containing Michelle and Chrissy Toler and five other victims wait for burial Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 in Townsend, Ga.   (Stephen Morton)
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(Newser) – The brother of a Georgia man charged with slaying his father and seven others in a mobile home insists that 22-year-old Guy Heinze Jr would never harm his family, and instead speculates that a drug dispute could have prompted the killings. "I know my brother didn't do this. My brother has a conscience," 16-year-old Tyler Heinze said yesterday outside the rural cemetery where seven caskets topped with roses were resting atop freshly dug graves.

Police charged Heinze Jr on Friday with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his father, uncle, aunt, and four cousins. The eighth victim was a boyfriend of one of the cousins. "I know my brother didn't do this. My brother has a conscience," said Tyler Heinze said. "I can say there was drug involvement in the house, and I think somebody ripped somebody off and somebody needed to get their money back."