Joel Guy Jr accused of murdering parents, dismembering corpses


A trial has begun for Joel Guy Jr. — a man accused of murdering and dismembering his parents for cutting him off financially, then trying to chemically dissolve their bodies to cover up the crime.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, a jury has been seated for the trial of Joel Guy Jr., who stands accused of murdering his mother Lisa Guy, 55, and his father Joel Guy Sr., 61.

Authorities claim that Guy Jr’s parents told him during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday that they would be cutting him off financially. The son denies the charges and has pleaded not guilty.

Police who responded to the scene of the killings described it as “horrific” — alleging Guy Jr. dismembered his parents’ bodies after killing them and finding blood strewn on the walls of the family home.

Authorities allege the Guys broke the news to their son over Thanksgiving that they would no longer support him financially, so he killed them. Guy denies the charges, which include two counts of first-degree murder, and he is not pursuing an insanity defense.

Did a son kill his parents for cutting him off financially? Knox County jury will decide

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Det. Jeremy McCord described the scene in November 2016 as “the most horrific thing I’ve ever encountered in police work – in my life.”

Lisa Guy’s severed head was found submerged in a pot of boiling liquid on the kitchen stove, while the elder Joel Guy’s severed hands were discovered on the floor of his bedroom.

Both of the couple’s severed torsos were discovered stuffed into plastic containers inside a bathroom.

According to MEAWW, investigators believed that Joel Guy Jr. was attempting to dissolve his parents dismembered remains in order to cover up the killings.

The bodies were found cut up, with some parts in a Tupperware.

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Before the trial began, Joel Guy Jr. requested execution if he is convicted of murdering his parents and dismembering their bodies.

“In the event that I am eventually found guilty of first-degree murder, I contend that the waiver above, if permitted by the court, would free the court to sentence me to death,” he wrote in a filing, according to MEAWW.

According to Law & Crime, the prosecution has decided not to seek the death penalty in the case and has not elaborated why.

“Ethical rules prohibit the District Attorney’s Office from commenting on pending cases,” Sean McDermott, a spokesman for the Knox County District Attorney General, said previously in a statement.

Guy Jr. allegedly put his parents’ remains in “an acid based solution” to destroy evidence.

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According to NBC affiliate WBIR, Joel Guy Jr.’s maneuver to force a death penalty trial failed after the judge ruled it was not an option.

Prosecutors said that Lisa Guy and Joel Guy Jr. were planning to move to a new home after celebrating Thanksgiving with family and they used the opportunity to tell Joel Guy Jr. they were cutting him off.

This led the son to allegedly murder his parents and dismember their bodies. According to prosecutors, Guy had also bought a number of chemicals to dissolve their corpses afterward but had failed to follow through — instead abruptly leaving for Louisiana prior to the discovery of the bodies.

The trial is set to continue this week after starting Monday morning.

Guy had driven up from his Louisiana apartment for what his family thought would be one last gathering at the West Knox County home before the Guys packed up and moved to a Hawkins County home.

West Knox County house of horrors: Joel Guy trial begins Monday

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