BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- It was an accused killer's story, in his own words. That's what the jury heard Friday in Day Four of the Guy Heinze Jr. trial.
Prosecutors showed a videotaped police interview, where Heinze described the horror of finding his family dead.
He admitted he had been on a crack binge, but he denied having anything to do with the murders of his family members. He said he was "messed up and hysterical," but sober enough to know he didn't kill eight people.
Heinze described, in detail, everything he did in the hours before he called 911 to report finding his family dead. He said the night of Aug. 28, 2009, he spent hours in a park by himself smoking crack. He drove around, visited his brother, then came home early on Aug. 29 to find a bloodbath.
Investigators asked him, "You told the dispatcher that they were beaten to death. What made you think that?"
Heinze said, "I looked in there and seen my dad, and it didn't look like him. His face didn't look like him. It looked like something tore it up."
He went on to say, "That's what it looked like. I don't know for sure, but I know it didn't look like my dad in there."
Prosecutors say only the killer would know how his family died. They say Heinze was in a drug-induced rage when he killed his father, his uncle, his cousins, and his cousin's boyfriend. A medical examiner testified this week that all eight victims died of blunt force trauma.
Investigators said, "Guy, is it possible, with you being high like you were, that you could have done this?"
Guy emphatically replied, "No! That's my family, man. I love them to death."
So far, the prosecution has successfully proven Heinze was high at the time of the murders. And they have DNA evidence that puts him at the crime scene.
But no clear motive has been discussed.
Heinze, 26, is charged with eight counts of murder. He faces the death penalty, if convicted.