UPDATE: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steven Sword ruled at a motion hearing that accused murderer Joel Guy Jr. can act as his own attorney at trial, but only regarding his written motions to allow the judge or jury the option to impose the death penalty if he’s convicted despite prosecutors not seeking capital punishment.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Joel Guy Jr., the man accused of murdering and dismembering his parents in 2016, wants to act as his own counsel.
That’s according to the newest motion filed by Guy’s defense attorneys on Tuesday, with a hearing on that motion is set for Wednesday morning.
Guy is accused of murdering and dismembering his parents at their West Knox County home over the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday. He’s facing charges of first-degree murder, felony murder and abuse of a corpse.
A jury should be selected by Friday and testimony is scheduled to begin on Monday.
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