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Judge denies Joel Guy Jr.’s request for new trial

Attorneys for Guy Jr. previously filed a motion for a new trial on claims that Guy Jr. did not receive a fair trial due to the pandemic. They also requested transcripts from the murder trial.
Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 9:51 AM EST|Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 10:08 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Attorneys for Joel Guy Jr., a man convicted of brutally murdering and dismembering his parents in their Hardin Valley home during Thanksgiving weekend 2016, appeared in court Wednesday morning.

During the court appearance, a judge denied a request for a new trial. Attorneys for Guy Jr. previously filed a motion for a new trial on claims that Guy Jr. did not receive a fair trial due to the pandemic. They also requested transcripts from the murder trial.

Guy Jr. was found guilty on all charges including two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, and two counts of abuse of a corpse.

According to the judge, the jury found Joel Guy Jr. guilty unanimously in all 7 counts. The four-day-long trial involved more than 700 pieces of evidence and 27 witnesses.

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