A SON who ambushed his parents then horrifically butchered and boiled them for their $500,000 insurance has been convicted.
Joel Guy Jr, 32, was found guilty Friday in Tennessee of two counts of premeditated first-degree murder, three counts of felony murder, and two counts of abuse of a corpse, news outlets reported.
Prosecutors alleged he fatally stabbed his parents, Joel Guy Sr, 61, and Lisa Guy, 55, and dismembered their bodies in a plot to cash in on $500,000 in life insurance benefits after learning they were planning to retire and no longer pay his bills.
A judge was set to decide next month whether Guy Jr would serve two life terms consecutively.
The son was arrested several days after Thanksgiving in 2016 for his parents’ deaths, which are said to have happened when he returned home to Tennessee from Louisiana for the holiday.
Court records show Guy Jr wrote chilling details in a notebook of how he planned to chop up his parents, flush chunks down the toilet, and melt their fingerprints.
Last month, Scott Henning, a homicide investigator with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana testified about pictures that were taken to the stand.
Henning, who was there when Guy was arrested, explained to the court that Guy Jr was cut up with scratches and bruises, WVLT reported.
Inside the car that prosecutors are trying to prove was Guy Jr’s was “a meat grinder and a gas can in the trunk.”
One day before that, the court was told Guy Jr meticulously plotted the murders in a notebook, detailing the steps he would take to dispose of the corpses and hide the evidence.
Bullet points in the handwritten notes read: “Douse killing rooms (kitchen?) with bleach.
“Flush chunks down toilet, not garbage disposal… don’t have to get rid of body if no forensic evidence,” he wrote, adding he planned to turn the heat up “to melt fingerprints and dry everything.”
The notebook was reportedly found in a backpack in the guest bedroom where he had been staying for the Thanksgiving holiday, prosecutors said in court.
Authorities said Guy Jr hacked his father to death first, then ambushed his mom when she returned from shopping – just as he had scrawled in his notebook.
One note shown to the jury says: “Kill him with the knife, clean up mess from him before she gets home.
“Kill her with knife… place her in shower. Turn on hot water and point at her to get rid of forensics.”
The notes then detail how Guy Jr allegedly sought to place his father’s body in a plastic bin and use it to haul him into the shower alongside his mother’s body to wash away evidence.
The notebook then continues: “Cut off his arm and plant flesh under her fingernails.
“Use sodium hydroxide to destroy his soft tissue and soften bones for transport. Baste once every hour to accelerate.”
The notes then even show the 32-year-old’s alleged attempt to create an alibi for himself, writing: “Set her phone to send me a text message late Sunday to prove that I was in BR (Baton Rogue) and she was alive.”
Another page in the notebook shows details of the “assets” which Lisa Guy owned, including a $500,000 life insurance policy that lists Guy Jr as a beneficiary.
“$500,000 would be all mine,” the page said. “With him missing/dead, I get the whole thing.”
Prosecutors say he knifed his dad 40 times while his mom was out grocery shopping, and when she returned he stabbed her 30 times.
Prosecutor Leslie Nassos described in horrifying detail how he separated their limbs from their torsos and snapped Lisa’s skull from the topmost vertebra in her spine.
He then boiled her head in a pot on the stove while other parts were soaked in acid in blue plastic containers, the court was told.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeremy McCord described the carnage he found inside the Guys’ home as “the most horrific thing I’ve ever encountered in police work – in my life.”
He said he could feel heat emanating from the home and chemicals permeating the air as he walked into the garage.
Inside, he said there was blood all down the hallway on the walls and floor, with scissors and clothing that appeared to have been cut from a body, and a large knife.
His parents, who worked as engineers, were supporting Guy Jr while he was studying to be a plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge, and had been in college for nine years.
His parents were set to retire and stop supporting him.
Lisa’s colleagues raised the alarm when she failed to show up for work the following Monday.
By then Guy Jr had gone back to his apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Guy Jr previously pleaded with the court to execute him if he is found guilty.
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