Son arrested in parents slayings

A “very gruesome murder” and “horrific crime scene” involving body dismemberment of a middle-aged couple during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Michael K. MacLean, happened within one mile of Farragut town limits.

Joel Michael Guy Jr., 28, allegedly killed his parents — Joel Guy Sr., 61, and Lisa Guy, 55 — “with vicious, multiple stab wounds as well as dismemberment” with “remains disposed in multiple rooms in the house,” MacLean said during a Wednesday, Nov. 30, news conference in KCSO Conference Room.

“… Portions of the remains were placed in an acid-based solution in an attempt to destroy evidence,” MacLean added.

Guy, a former student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., “was arrested Tuesday evening, [Nov.] 29,” in Baton Rouge according to MacLean.

“Warrants were initially issued for Mr. Guy on the 28th of November charging him with two counts of first-degree murder.”

MacLean said KCSO is awaiting Guy’s extradition into KCSO custody.

Guy was visiting his parents’ 11434 Goldenview Lane home [between Outlet Drive and Snyder Drive], “arriving in Knoxville on Wednesday, [Nov. 23],” MacLean said, adding Guy returned to his Baton Rouge apartment, by vehicle, Sunday, Nov. 27.

“The parents were believed to be murdered between late Friday night, the 25th, and midday Saturday the 26th,” MacLean said.

No motive for the killings had been determined according to MacLean.

However, “There is some information out there that [Guy Jr.] was facing a shift in his financial support. The parents had indicated they were in the process of encouraging him to ‘fend for himself,’ and they were going to be cutting off some of his financial support,” MacLean said. “That was supposed to be a discussion to occur on Thanksgiving.”

Guy Jr.’s siblings, younger twin sisters from Maryville and an older sister from Kingsport, also visited their parents during Thanksgiving and confirmed the conversation about Guy Jr.’s financial support.

MacLean said KCSO was first put on alert concerning the couple’s wellbeing when “a welfare check called in by Lisa’s coworkers at Jacob’s Engineering in Oak Ridge on the 28th led to the discovery of multiple, gruesome crime scenes throughout the residence.”

However, he added that after an initial KCSO patrol unit check of the residence, “they didn’t see anything out of order,” MacLean said.

After a second call from Jacob’s Engineering because Lisa Guy failed to appear at a scheduled meeting, “one of the Major Crimes detectives went back out with patrol, and we noticed some things that were possibly out of order.”