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Heidt gets date for motion on a new trial hearing
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The man accused of and eventually convicted in the 2008 shotgun slayings of his father and brother will have a motion for a new trial heard in Effingham County Superior Court later this month.

Craig Heidt, convicted in December 2010 for the August 2008 killings of his father, noted developer Philip Heidt, and his brother, Carey Heidt, will have a hearing Dec. 19 before Judge Gates Peed on a motion for a new trial. Craig Heidt was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 85 years after his conviction on 11 counts.

Heidt’s attorney, Dow Bonds of Savannah, filed a motion Tuesday for a new trial. He had approached Judge Peed in June about scheduling a motion for a new trial and was given three months to review the case transcripts.

Craig Heidt, acting on his own behalf, filed a motion for a new trial on Jan. 24. In his motion, he said the verdict is contrary to evidence and justice; the verdict is against the weight of the evidence; evidence was illegally admitted or excluded; and there is newly-discovered evidence.

Craig Heidt is currently housed in the Macon State Prison.