A Tennessee man who brutally murdered his parents has asked for the death penalty. Joel Guy Jr., 32, is accused of chopping up his mother and father’s body and then boiling his mother’s head in a saucepan to dissolve it. It’s no wonder then that after committing such a brutal crime that he would ask a Knoxville court to execute him as he did on Tuesday, September 15, WATE reports.
- Joel allegedly killed his parents in 2016. Joel Guy Sr, 61, and Lisa Guy, 55, died by their son’s hand four years ago, somewhere between November 25 and 26 after they told him that they would no longer be financially supporting him. Days later, police found their bodies in pieces, some of which were in Tupperware containers. He also tried to liquefy their bodies with chemicals and his mother’s head was found in a saucepan on the stove.
- The scene of the crime horrified police. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeremy McCord said that the discovery was “the most horrific thing I’ve ever encountered in police work – in my life,” according to Knox News. He went on to say that there was “blood everywhere… on the walls and floor.” No doubt it’s a scene that will never leave him.
- Now Joel Guy Jr. has filed a motion for his own death. The Knox County Criminal Court has received who handwritten motions asking for the judge to sentence him to death should he be found guilty of the crimes. It’s up to the judge whether or not that motion is approved, and it’s likely that many will want Guy Jr. to face up to his actions.
- He still hasn’t confessed to the crime. “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, imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole or imprisonment for life, in spite of the district attorney general’s failure to satisfy the notice requirements of Rule 12.3(b),” he wrote in one of the motions. However, Joel Guy Jr. stopped short of admitting he had murdered his parents. “Nothing in this filing is intended to be an admission of guilt, nor should its contents be construed as proof of consciousness of guilt.”
- His trial will begin later this month. Joel Guy Jr. is due in court on September 28, so time will tell what kind of justice he receives.