Former neighbors shocked after stabbing, mutilating parents

Paul Murphy talks about a Baton Rouge man accused of killing and dismembering his parents first day in court.

BATON ROUGE -- Sheriff's deputies led Joel Michael Guy, Jr, into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail following an appearance in a Baton Rouge courtroom Thursday.

The 28-year-old is accused of stabbing his parents, Joel Sr., and Lisa Guy to death then dismembering their bodies at their home near Knoxville, Tennessee over the thanksgiving weekend.

Police arrested Guy on Tuesday at his apartment near LSU.

However, he grew up on River Oaks Drive in the St. Charles Parish town of Luling.

He attended Hahnville High in 2002 and 2003 before transferring to the Louisiana School for Math and Science in Natchitoches.

Lance O'Connor lived across the street from the Guy family.

"Very shocking," O'Connor said. "Very sad for the family They were a wonderful couple. We were neighbors and we did things together. I helped him cut down a couple of trees in his front yard. He helped me with stuff around my house."

Laura France now owns the house where the Guy family once lived.

"I don't know, I feel bad for his parents," France said. "It's kind of creepy to know that they lived in my house and those things could happen to them."

Neighbors said they didn't know Joel, Jr. too well, only that his parents were very proud of how smart he was.

"I only met him once actually," O'Connor said. "He just seemed like a normal kid. They kept bragging about him, how intelligent he was."

As far as a motive in the killing, investigators said Guy was having financial trouble and believed his parents were going to cut him off.

He now faces extradition to Tennessee where he is charged with murder.

(© 2016 WWL)


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