BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man accused of murdering and dismembering his parents during his Thanksgiving visit is denying that he is the person that Tennessee law enforcement officials want.
Joel Michael Guy Jr., 28, appeared for an extradition hearing in a Baton Rouge courtroom on Thursday, December 1. However, the judge extended the deadline until Tuesday, December 6, allowing Guy more time to decide whether or not he will fight being transported back to Tennessee.
Today he did not waive extradition. Had he agreed to be brought back to Knoxville, Guy's lawyer says it would have served as an acknowledgement that he is the person law enforcement want.
"Pursuant to our Code of Criminal Procedure, a person arrested pursuant to a demand for extradition to another state shall be taken before a judge," explains East Baton Rouge Parish First Assistant District Attorney Tracey Barbera. "The accused must be advised of his right to counsel and his right to an extradition hearing. The state must prove that the accused is the person named in the warrant and that the extradition demand is in proper form. The guilt or innocence of the accused as to the crime for which he is charged is not an issue at the hearing."
From here, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will have until December 16 to execute a warrant to have him returned.
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Because the crime happened in Knoxsville, Guy will have to be prosecuted there, which is why the extradition is necessary.
Once transported, the case against Guy will have to be presented to a grand jury before he can formally be charged for the crimes.
Guy Jr. was arrested Tuesday, November 29 in the parking lot of 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. Detectives believe the murders happened sometime after Thanksgiving between Friday and Saturday.
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.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office reported Guy is not employed. KCSO added Guy had attended LSU, but reportedly withdrew last year.
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.
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.
Another hearing has been scheduled for December 16.