State rests case in 2016 Thanksgiving double murder trial for man accused of dismembering parents


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE)- Closing arguments have started in the trial of a man accused of killing and dismembering his parents over the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend.

The state and defense rested their cases before 12 p.m. on Thursday. Joel Guy Jr. is facing charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, and abuse of a corpse.

Before the defense rested, Judge Steve Sword read a stipulation to the jury. That stipulation included information about a fingerprint and palm print taken when Joel Guy Jr. was arrested in Baton Rouge. His information was entered into the system, by the time investigators in Knox County ran an unknown print from the Guy’s family home and the crime scene, there was a match.

The defense wanted to make it clear: Guy Jr. did not have a criminal record before these crimes.

Assistant District Attorney Leslie Nassios finished with the state’s final witness, Dr. Murray Marks, who walked the jury through the injuries Joel Guy Sr. and Lisa Guy sustained in November 2016.

Joel Guy Jr. will not testify in his own trial.

Closing arguments began at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, the state started first because they have the burden of proof.

Court will resume after a lunch break. The state will continue closing arguments at 1 p.m.

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