Prosecutors in the Joel Guy Jr murder trial on Wednesday presented more evidence against the man suspected of killing and dismembering both of his parents for financial gain, including chilling photos showing a meat grinder in the trunk of his car.
Guy Jr, 32, is facing first-degree murder charges in the horrific killings of Joel Guy Sr, 61, and Lisa Guy, 55, who were repeatedly stabbed and butchered inside their Knox County, Tennessee, home over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016.
Some of the couple’s remains were partially liquified in chemicals, Guy Sr’s severed hands were left inside his blood-spattered home gym where he was killed, and Lisa’s head was found boiling in a stockpot on the kitchen stove.
Among the photos entered into evidence on Wednesday were images that were taken at the time of Guy Jr’s arrest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just days after the murders, reported WVLT.
Scott Henning, a homicide investigator at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office who was present when Guy Jr was taken into custody on November 29, 2016, took the stand and narrated a slideshow of pictures showing deep cuts, scratches and bruises covering the suspect’s hands and arms.
Other images that were presented in court showed Guy Jr’s dark-blue Honda. Inside the trunk, a white meat grinder rested on its side next to a deep mixing bowl and a red gasoline canister.
According to testimony from Day 2 of the trial, Guy Jr made detailed notes about how he would kill, slaughter and dispose of his parents.
Among the numerous items on the to-do list was: ‘Bring blender and food grinder – grind meat.’
Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Guy Jr used the appliances after the murders to dispose of the remains.
The court also heard testimony from Guy Jr’s best friend of 10 years, Michael McCracken, along with a portion of a phone call that the accused killer made to his friend from jail.
McCracken said he lived with Guy Jr at Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts, a boarding school for gifted students they both attended.
McCracken described his friend as ‘socially awkward’ and possibly estranged from his father, whom the roommate never once met over the course of 10 years.
According to the testimony, Guy Jr never received phone calls or letters from any relatives other than his mother. He also never mentioned that he had sisters.
He said the older Guy Jr got, the more withdrawn he became. He could go for weeks without seeing anyone.
McCracken said by the time Guy Jr left Baton Route, he had no friends other than his roommate, and he was beginning to pull away from him as well.
Following Guy Jr’s arrest, he called McCracken from jail, urging him to forget him.
‘I don’t have much of a chance to be happy anymore, but you do,’ Guy Jr says on the call. ‘Consider me dead and move on with life… I genuinely want you to be happy… Why did I do this blah blah blah…’
McCracken said he was not ‘totally surprised,’ presumably referring to the murders.