The man at the center of the brutal double-murder of his own parents made his first appearance in Knox County court.
Joel Guy, 30, is accused of stabbing his mother and father to death, then dismembering them and dissolving their bodies in acid over the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend.
Guy took the witness stand at his own court hearing on Monday.
He did not talk about the crimes themselves, but he did detail the aftermath, like the injuries to his hands.
“I had some rather severe cuts on my hands,” Guy said. “I had a cut on my right palm, right here where there’s a scar. And I also had a very severe cut on my left thumb, where there’s also a scar. I was worried about losing my left thumb, so I needed medical treatment.”
Instead of seeking medical care locally, he decided to make the nine-hour drive back down to Louisiana to seek treatment for his injuries.
“I didn’t have health insurance,” Guy explained in court, “so I was completely dependent on the LSU student health center for my medical care. I went back to Louisiana to seek medical treatment there.”
Detectives say they believe Guy’s parents were going to cut him off financially, a discussion they were planning on having over Thanksgiving.
Evidence shows Guy had taken out money before and after his parents’ murder: $9,200 to pre-pay his apartment rent in Baton Rouge, where he was enrolled in graduate school at LSU, and another $100 in spending cash.
“Would you agree that your mother provided you with all financing for your living expenses?” Asst. Attorney General Leslie Nassios asked the defendant on cross examination.
“Yes,” Guy replied.
Judge Bob McGee will hear a number of motions involving this case over the next couple of days, with his final decisions expected to be made by end of day Tuesday.
The Judge will decide how much evidence is admissible in trial, if the case gets to that point.
It is still unclear how Guy’s mental health will play a role in his defense.