Son accused of ‘gruesome’ murder, dismemberment of parents

Joel Michael Guy Jr.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — A man is accused of brutally murdering his parents after spending Thanksgiving with them, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Joel Michael Guy Jr., 28, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with first-degree murder.

Warning: This story contains graphic details about the crime scene. 

According to the sheriff’s office, Guy was spending the Thanksgiving holiday with his parents in Knox County. He had arrived on Wednesday and had Thanksgiving dinner with his parents — Joel Michael Guy Sr. and Lisa Guy — and his three sisters.

Maj. Michael MacLean, of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, told the Advocate the three sisters, who all live in Tennessee, were surprised their brother stuck around through the weekend after Thanksgiving. They also said nothing seemed unusual about him during dinner.

It turns out, the reason Guy stuck around is more horrible than they could have imagined.

The sheriff’s office believes that between Friday and mid-day Saturday, Guy killed his 61-year-old father and 55-year-old mother. Both suffered multiple stab wounds and were dismembered.

Their bodies were found on Monday when sheriff’s office personnel came to the house on a welfare check, after it was reported that Lisa Guy had not shown up for work.

Their remains were found in multiple rooms in the house. The suspect placed portions of the remains in an acid based solution in an attempt to destroy evidence,” the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release, which they posted on their Facebook page Wednesday.

“The toxic fluid required specific bio-hazard equipment for removal by the KCSO Hazmat Team. Due to the volume of evidence in such a disturbing scene, the KCSO Forensics Unit worked throughout the night Monday and into the following day processing the crime scene,” the release continued.

Family members of Guy Sr. told the Kingsport Times-News the couple had financially supported their son for nearly a decade. They said the son had been in college for nine years and his parents were ready to retire and stop providing him money.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Guy had been a student at Louisiana State University, but that he withdrew last year.

It is unclear if the Guys had told their son they were cutting him off prior to the murders occurring.

Guy reportedly stayed in the house where the murders were committed until Sunday, when he drove back to Baton Rouge. He was arrested outside his apartment in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Rene Charles, Guy Sr.’s sister, said she was shocked her nephew could be capable of carrying out the killings. She added the family was looking forward to the end of December, when they’d all gather for the holidays.

We were going to have Christmases together again,” she told the Times-News. “We were just fixing to have all of us back together again.”

A 28 year old man has been charged with first degree murder in the gruesome deaths of his parents. Joel Michael Guy Jr., 28, was arrested Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and charged with killing his parents, 61 year old Joel Michael Guy, Sr. and 55 year old Lisa Guy at their home located at 11434 Goldenview Lane in West Knox County. They are believed to have been murdered between Friday, November 25 and mid-day Saturday, November 26. Both suffered vicious stab wounds as well as dismemberment. Their remains were found in multiple rooms in the house. The suspect placed portions of the remains in an acid based solution in an attempt to destroy evidence. The toxic fluid required specific bio-hazard equipment for removal by the KCSO Hazmat Team. Due to the volume of evidence in such a disturbing scene, the KCSO Forensics Unit worked throughout the night Monday and into the following day processing the crime scene. The Regional Forensic Center removed the remains for identification. Two vehicles belonging to the victims were towed from the scene for examination.

Joel, Jr. was visiting from his home in Baton Rouge and arrived at his parents’ house on Wednesday and returned on Sunday. He and his three sisters spent Thanksgiving with their parents at the West Knox County house with no indication that anything was amiss. Joel, Jr. had attended LSU, but reportedly withdrew last year.

Joel and Lisa were last seen alive on Friday as they left their home to take a watercraft to a family member’s house. KCSO responded to the Guy residence on Monday after a welfare check called in by Lisa’s co-workers at Jacobs Engineering in Oak Ridge.
Guy was arrested Tuesday as he was attempting to get into his car at his apartment complex on Nicholson Road in Baton Rouge. Two detectives from the Major Crimes Unit of the KCSO were there for the arrest. Officers from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in the arrest and coordinated the searches. The Baton Rouge Office of the FBI utilized SWAT elements as well as Safe Street Task Force agents and officers in the surveillance and arrest. Search warrants were executed at his apartment as well as his vehicles. Warrants were issued on November 28 in Knox County charging him with two counts of first degree murder.

While KCSO thoroughly investigates all reported crimes, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones has always emphasized that violent crimes committed against citizens of Knox County be given priority and that homicides be given the highest priority. Sheriff Jones believes that law enforcement’s responsibility to bring justice to the victims and their families outweigh any responsibility to inform the public, unless there is a threat to public safety. In this case, law enforcement was monitoring the primary suspect since the discovery and identification of the victims. Sheriff Jones said that in this case, the release of information to the public would have been detrimental to the pursuit of justice. “It was our goal not to provide any intelligence to the suspect as it related to the discovery of the victims,” said the Sheriff.

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