Baton Rouge man accused of killing, dismembering parents in TN during Thanksgiving visit

Joel Guy Jr. (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Joel Guy Jr. (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Home where the bodies of Lisa and Joel Guy Sr were found (Source: WVLT)
Home where the bodies of Lisa and Joel Guy Sr were found (Source: WVLT)
Guy's Baton Rouge apartment (Source: WAFB)
Guy's Baton Rouge apartment (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man was arrested for allegedly murdering and dismembering his parents during his Thanksgiving visit to their home in Tennessee.

The FBI reported Joel Michael Guy Jr., 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his apartment complex on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. He is accused of killing his parents, Joel Guy Sr. and Lisa Guy, at their home in Knoxville, TN.

Officials said he was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is awaiting extradition to Knox County, TN where he will be tried on two counts of first-degree murder. Guy is scheduled to be in court Thursday. He was denied bond.

Officials with the Knox County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Wednesday to announce the grisly details of the murder investigation. They said Guy is accused of murdering his parents, dismembering their bodies and then dissolving them in an acidic chemical.

"Both (victims) suffered multiple, vicious stab wounds as well as dismemberment," said Major Michael MacLean of the Knoxville County Sheriff's Office.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office reported Guy was not employed. KCSO added Guy had attended LSU, but reportedly withdrew last year.

"I think I'm really shaken up, still," said Karie Holton, an LSU student who was one of Guy's neighbors. "I'm shocked."

Scrolling through Facebook on Wednesday, the last thing Holton expected to see was her neighbor's face under a headline describing an unthinkable crime.

"I had never really spoken to him. He was very quiet and kept to himself, but it's kind of horrifying when someone who's been your upstairs neighbor for so long, suddenly has been arrested for something so horrifying," Holton explained.

Less than 24 hours earlier, detectives from Tennesee had questioned Holton about her upstairs neighbor. She told them he was a bit of a recluse and a little strange. What she didn't know was investigators had just arrested him.

Guy was arrested in the parking lot of his apartment complex as he was trying to get into his 2006 Hyundai Sonata, WBIR-TV reported.

Investigators said they believe Guy's parents were going to cut him off financially and that may have led to the killings. Authorities also said they are checking to see if the couple had a life insurance policy, but it is not believed there is one, WBIR-TV reported.

Detectives believe the murders happened sometime between Friday and Saturday.

"It would be described as horrific - a very gruesome crime scene. There's a motivation behind it, but in this case, we don't know what it is," MacLean explained.

According to the initial incident report, deputies were called to the Knoxville home for a welfare check after the suspect's mother did not show up for work. It added they went inside the home and that's when they found human remains.

Authorities believe Guy might have stayed in the house for a while after the deaths, the station reported. The victims have twin daughters, who were given details of their parents death by deputies earlier Wednesday, Knoxville television station WBIR-TV reported. MacLean said remains were found throughout the house, WBIR-TV reported.

The FBI said the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest.

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