KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WBIR) -- A Knox County jury Friday found Joel M. Guy Jr. guilty on all seven counts of ambushing his parents in their home over Thanksgiving 2016, stabbing the parents to death and cutting up their bodies in an attempt to hide the evidence.
Guy faces life terms for the first-degree murder convictions, and must serve at least 51 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. He also could face additional time for the abuse of a corpse charges, of which he also was convicted. Judge Steve Sword scheduled sentencing on those counts for Nov. 19.
The jury deliberated two hours Thursday, and then reached their unanimous decision Friday morning after about another hour of closed-door discussions.
Both victims suffered vicious stab wounds and were dismembered, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The couple's remains were found in multiple rooms in the house. The suspect allegedly "placed portions of the remains in an acid-based solution" in an attempt to destroy evidence. The toxic fluid required specific bio-hazard equipment for removal by a hazardous-materials team.
Guy Jr. was visiting from his home in Baton Rouge, and he and his three sisters spent Thanksgiving with their parents, the sheriff's office said. Guy was arrested three days later at his apartment complex in Baton Rouge.