Son accused of ‘gruesome’ murder, dismemberment of parents after Thanksgiving


Joel Michael Guy Jr.

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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.”

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