Graphic details were shared during the first and second day of a murder trial against a Tennessee man accused of killing his parents.
Joel Guy Jr. appeared at the Knoxville court on Monday in connection with the murder of his parents, Joel Michael Guy Sr. and Lisa Guy. Prosecutors laid out details that were so gruesome that one investigator called it the “most horrific thing (he’s) ever encountered in law enforcement, in life.”
Guy Jr. wanted his parents’ money, but in order to get it, they had to be dead, prosecutors said. The suspect is accused of plotting to kill them both. He allegedly carried out the plan on November 26, 2016, inside his parents’ Knoxville home.
NBC 10 reports that Guy wrote out handwritten plans on how he wanted to stab the victims to death in order to inherit their assets. The prosecution said that the victims were getting ready to stop financially supporting Guy, 28 at the time, because they wanted to save for their retirement.
“$500,000 would be all mine,” Guy allegedly wrote in his notes.
Detectives arrived at the couple’s home on November 28, 2016, for a welfare check and encountered a grotesque scene. On the stove, they found Lisa Guy’s head boiling in a pot, according to Officer Sandy Campbell.
Authorities said Joel Guy Sr. was attacked first, while Lisa was shopping at a local Walmart. The attack took place in an exercise room in the home, where detectives found his severed head. They found two tubs with body parts floating inside, in the upstairs master bathroom.
“Kill him with the knife. Clean up mess before she gets home,” Guy Jr. reportedly wrote in his notebook.
When Lisa arrived home, Guy Jr. attacked her before she could even put her groceries away. Grocery bags were found by the front door.
Officer Stephen Ballard and KCSO Detective Jeremy McCord found human hands on the floor in one of the rooms. Guy Jr.’s fingerprints were found all over the house.
Detectives testified that someone turned the heat extremely high in the home and that the home’s interior had a strong chemical smell. Experts testified that Guy bought industrial strength chemicals, thinking that he could dissolve his parents.
Guy’s handwritten notes indicated that he though turning the heat on high in the residence would “accelerate the tissue breakdown.”
The suspect’s parents thought their son was coming for a Thanksgiving visit. Witnesses said that Lisa Guy had been a doting mother to her son. In turn, he stabbed her 31 times in the back and buttocks, police said.
Guy Jr. is accused of stabbing his father over 40 times.
The day after the murders, Guy abruptly left the Knoxville and drove to Louisiana, prosecutors said, leaving the body parts behinds. Authorities arrested Joel on November 29. He’s been behind bars since 2016, awaiting trial.
Watch day two below.
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[Feature Photo: Joel Guy Jr./Police Handout]