2.30am – 4.30am Guy kills family (according to them this takes 2/3 hrs)
4.30am – 5.30am Guy washes body, hides weapon and drives to St Simons Island
5.30am – 6.00am Guy on camera at Best Western Motel and is seen by Clerk at Parkers store
6.00am – 7.30am Guy is with Tyler and friends go to eat food
7.30am – 8.00am Guy drives back to New Hope from St Simons
8.00am – 8.30am Guy finds family at 8.18am 911 is called
8.30am – 9.30am Law enforcement arrive on scene.
When you take a closer look at the timeline of events based on the version of events the prosecution presented in court along with evidence of the victims actions before they were killed, it makes it very difficult to apply their theory to a real life, real time application.
Guy seemingly runs out of time to be able to complete the crime he is accused of and get to St Simons Island by at least 5.30am to be seen and heard by two witnesses and captured on CCTV by 5.36am.
In the prosecution’s theory Guy starts to attack the family after having a fight with Russell over painkillers that Guy allegedly wanted, but Russell wouldn't let him take them. (This claim was made despite Guy having access to another bottle of painkillers that had been in the car he was driving and were found in the car by law enforcement)
There is evidence that the family were still alive by at least 2.16am on the 29.09.2009.
Michelle made a call from her cell phone and left a voicemail message to a friend at this time. There was nothing in the voicemail message that would indicate anyone in the house was in any form of distress we can easily assume no one was being attacked at that time.
The police claimed that guy was beating his family to death for at least 2-3 hours.
This would mean that Guy would have had to of started attacking his family shortly after Michelle's call at 2.16am lets say he started at 2.30am.
A fight breaks out with Russell over the painkillers they start fighting Guy kills Russell no one seems to hear this at all but Guy decides to then kill everyone else.
At some point during this frenzied attack a few of the victims fight back, it was quiet a struggle at points based on the forensic evidence left at the scene. There is evidence that one of the victims tried to escape out of a window too but Guy managed to over power them before they get away.
All of this is done very quietly over the span of a few hours according to the prosecution. Guy has no visible evidence on his body suggesting that he had just been in a struggle to the death with anyone.
No injuries were noted on his body at all by law enforcement other than a mark on his leg which was identified as an old wound (not fresh) he had incurred while working on site building houses. He was questioned about this scratch mark but nothing more was noted regarding any type of injury on guys person.
At 3.45am a call was made from Michelle's phone this was the last completed call made from her cell phone.
There was another call made at 3.48am it was incomplete as far as we are aware the number wasn’t valid.
If Guy was killing his family for the minimum amount of time the police said which would be 2 hours that would bring him to 4.30am at this point he would be covered in blood, tired, aching and would need to clean himself up so he would need to account for at least another 40 minutes or more to thoroughly clean his whole body. (Forensic expert Michael Knox stated in court it would have taken more than a quick cleanup or shower to get rid of all the blood on Guy's skin)
He would need to clean everywhere due to the blood spatter being very fine it can get in places you wouldn’t normally think of such as ear holes, the creases and pores in your skin so he would need to be thorough, then get dry and dressed.
This is where the police claimed the blood in the bath and sink came from, from Guy washing up after the fact.
Once Guy has done this and then redressed in the shorts he was accused of killing his family in it would bring the time to about 5.10am.
At some point either before or after washing up Guy got rid of the murder weapon too. The suspected murder weapon is still missing how he could of done this is not speculated by the police so no estimated time frame can be given for this its essentially missing time.
He then gets into the car and heads for St Simons Island to see Tyler.
The drive to St Simons from New Hope is roughly a 30-minute drive meaning Guy would arrive at the motel by about 5.40am.
This timeline of events is only according to the polices version of events. Even when using the smallest time frames given for the killings themselves its very hard to make it fit, I was unable to account time spans for disposal of the murder weapon but realistically this would add on extra time meaning Guy wouldn’t of arrived at St Simons until closer to 6am if I had also accounted for that.
Evidence and testimony also make the polices timeline very difficult to apply as Guy was seen the morning of the 29th by a store clerk twice between the time of 5.00 - 6.00am she described him as behaving normally and said he had no blood on him.
Guy was heard at 5.30am by Jonathan Charmichael knocking on the motel door and also seen on CCTV at 5.36am looking and behaving normally with no evidence of any blood on him.
It cannot be claimed that he started to kill his family before at least 2.16am because of the call made from Michelle’s phone, it was not a distress call.
The prosecution claim that Guy did this in a possible drug induced rage under the influence of the drugs he had taken, and maybe didn’t recollect doing it. He was asked this in an interview which he adamantly denied.
However if the prosecution believe he did this in a drug haze and inferring he didn’t really know what he was doing then how could they also imply that he would be coherent enough and functioning logically enough to act on covering his crime by washing up and disposing of the weapon. This would take a level of conscious and coherent awareness of the crime which somewhat contradicts the idea that he was in a crazed illogical violent state of mind lead by the need for painkillers.
Motives suggested by law enforcement
Settlement money motive
Theory : Guy killed his family over a $25,000 settlement in order to gain access to the money.
This theory is not applicable because - The settlement had not yet been settled or finalised in order for anyone to be in the process of receiving a pay-out, therefore there was no settlement money at that point. Guy was aware of that fact therefore Guy would know there was no money to steal.
Theory: Guy killed his family over a bottle of painkillers.
Guy came back home was looking for the painkillers and was confronted by Russell a fight then broke out and Guy killed everyone and took the painkillers.
This theory is not applicable because - Guy had no need to kill his family over a bottle of prescription painkillers when he had access to the same painkillers in the car he had been driving the whole night.
Both bottles were found. One bottle was found in the car by Law enforcement as well as another bottle found in the trailer.
As is known from his previous drug taking behaviours that Guy at that point had access to trap houses that supplied hard drugs such as crack cocaine, he also had money for this if needed, he had $391 on his persons that night/morning and access to a car meaning he had easy access to more than one type of drug without having to kill anyone over them or be confronted about taking them.
He also was able to have drugs on loan and pay money back to people later, so even in the case where he didn’t have the money directly upfront he was still able to gain access to them without committing crime.
It is important to note Guy had no pre-existing history of violent behaviour before his drug taking nor during it. It was reported in statements made by friends and family of Guy that they were aware of his drug taking and were not overly concerned by it nor would they deem him a threat.
A completely unique case
There is no other known case where a person has single handedly beaten 8 members of their family to death one by one over the space of a few hours seemingly very quietly without using restraints on any of them, none of them getting away and having some of them fight back without a single shot being fired during the whole event.
It is also not understood how a man could do this without gaining any injury to their persons despite some of the victims clearly putting up a good fight.
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The Investigation, The Case according to Law Enforcement, a breakdown of the news coverage, The Trial, The Evidence, Who was on the Case and where are they now, Guys conviction and current situation, who are Eye on Innocence, The life on Death Row BBC Documentary.
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