Glynn County officers called to the witness stand for a pretrial hearing insisted they treated Guy Heinze Jr. as a witness rather than a suspect when they first questioned him after he called 911 and cried: “My whole family’s dead.”
“I wouldn’t have been able to physically detain him as a witness,” said patrol officer Roderic Nohilly, who said police had no reason to suspect Heinze at the time.
Days later, police arrested Heinze on murder charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The Florida Times-Union reported that Heinze’s lawyers asked a Glynn County Superior Court judge over three days of hearings to throw out evidence collected at the crime scene along with statements Heinze made to police.
Heinze told police he removed a shotgun and put it into his car trunk because he believed it was stolen. Heinze also said the shotgun was cocked and loaded.