A Tennessee court has convicted Joel Guy Jr., the man who murdered his parents over the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday before chopping them into pieces he then tried to chemically dissolve.
According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, it took a Knox County jury about three hours to convict 32-year-old Joel Guy Jr. in the deaths of his parents Joel Guy Sr., 61, and Lisa Guy, 55.
Joel Guy Jr. was found guilty on multiple counts, including two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case.
Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword imposed an automatic life sentence after he was convicted but a separate hearing is scheduled for next month to determine if those life terms should be served consecutively.
A Knox County jury on Friday deemed Joel Guy Jr. guilty of fatally stabbing his parents and dismembering their bodies after he learned they would no longer foot his bills.Knoxville News Sentinel
The verdict was not unexpected, as prosecutors presented a large amount of evidence pointing to the fact that convicted Joel Guy Jr. of murdering his parents because they wouldn’t pay for his bills anymore.
Guy Jr. never had a job and had been taking college courses for a decade at Louisiana State University. The murders were part of a plot to cash in on $500,000 in life insurance benefits, The Associated Press reported.
Jurors also heard the gruesome details about the killings prior to voting to convict Joel Guy Jr. They heard how he proceeded to chop up and dismember his parents corpses for easier disposal after killing them — with responding officers finding Lisa Guy’s severed head jammed in a boiling pot on the stovetop.
The couple’s severed torsos and limbs were stuffed into plastic storage containers filled with various chemicals. Prosecutors said the killer unsuccessfully attempted to slough off their skin and dissolve their bodies to cover up the murders.
He was found to have taken money from his parents’ bank accounts for his rent and tuition after stabbing them dozens of times in their Hardin Valley home, according to authorities. He then attempted to dissolve their remains in chemicals.Associated Press
Prosecutor Leslie Nassos previously described the horrific scene to jurors, saying the now convicted Joel Guy Jr. created a “diabolical stew of human remains.”
“The killer put Lisa’s body parts in one, and Joel Sr’s in another, and then he covered them with a corrosive substance, and left them there to liquefy into some sort of diabolical stew of human remains,” Nassos said, according to The Sun.
Nassos went on to describe how Joel Guy Jr. cut off his mother’s head and left it to essentially cook in its own grisly stew.
“He got out a stockpot, placed her head in the pot, filled it with liquid, carried it over to the stove, covered it, turned on the stove, and left it there to cook.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office detective Jeremy McCord described the carnage he found inside the Guys’ home as “the most horrific thing I’ve ever encountered in police work – in my life.”
The same day Joel Guy Jr. was convicted of murdering his parents, family members appeared in court to deliver victim impact statements about the deaths of Lisa Guy and Joel Guy Sr.
Lisa’s brother Alvin Madere Jr. told the court that Lisa Guy’s mother — Joel Guy Jr’s grandmother — was hospitalized after the brutal 2016 murders and never recovered. She died the day after Lisa Guy’s funeral, Law and Crime reported.
“Dad was my best friend,” Joel Guy Jr’s half-sister Angela Crane told the court. “And I’ll never get to hear his laugh again. Or his just incredible hugs. I’ll never get to sit and banter with him, and hear the same stories we’ve all heard over and over but they’re still just as hilarious because dad was such a storyteller.”
Joel Guy Jr. had no visible emotional reaction to the victim impact statements. He is due back in court on November 19 for formal sentencing.
“She was the most loving and giving person I’ve ever met,” Crane said about Lisa Guy. “She would give the shirt off her back to anyone. She was my best friend too. They were both robbed of seeing their grandkids grow up.”Law and Crime