TN JOE CLYDE DANIELS: Missing from Dickson, TN - 4 April 2018 - Age 5 *GUILTY*

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Dad beat autistic son Joe Clyde Daniels to death, hid his body in remote area: affidavit

Violent details have been released in the murder of 5-year-old Joe Clyde Daniels.

According to an affidavit, Joe's father, Joseph Ray Daniels, confessed to police that he beat his non-verbal, autistic son to death at their Dickson home on April 4.

Daniels told police that he "struck his son...repeatedly in the body, upper torso, head, and face with closed-fist until his son was deceased," the affidavit says.

Young Joe Clyde died at his residence along Garners Creek Road. Daniels told authorities he put the kindergartner's body in the truck of his car and "disposed" of his son's body in a remote, rural area. As of Monday morning, Joe Clyde's body still hasn't been found after authorities searched through the weekend.

Daniels called 911 to report his son missing.


Joseph Daniels pens letter claiming Joe Clyde was killed by his mother

The father of Joe Clyde Daniels, Joseph Daniels, confessed to killing the 5-year-old autistic boy, but he's now pointing the finger at someone else - his wife, Krystal Daniels.

It's one of a couple of new developments in the case. Joseph Daniels is currently charged with homicide in the death of his son -- mostly based on a confession that Joseph has since recanted.

Media - JOE CLYDE DANIELS: Missing from Dickson, TN since 4 April 2018 - Age 5
 
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kdg411

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I watched the entire trial and the one thing I will say is… I would have loved to have shot that defense attorney with an elephant tranquilizer gun.
I'm not a fan of attorney's however Jake Lockert has been entertaining more than offensive with his approach. I think his accent made me chuckle too because it brought me back to my roots, lol! Judge Wolfe has been quick on the draw, so to speak & I really appreciate his jovial anecdotes with the jury.
 

GrandmaBear

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Haven't watched all of it but what I have seen I will say best judge I have seen in the last several trials I have watched or seen parts of. On top of doing his job well, he does not break every hour and puts in real hours and goes after time if necessary, which means the attorneys and jurors do as well. Most judges/trials I have seen before this trial this year made me say it is not only defense delays in cases that cause our courts to be backed up everywhere, it is because a judge/court can't even put in a five hour day and then it is with breaks, 1.5 hour lunch hours (and then not come back on time), etc. Think well of the judge in this case.

The defense attorney? Nah. Usual defense tricks, trying to lead or put words in a witness's mouth or make a statement instead of really a question, hoping the jury takes it as fact. The bits I watched, I got bored with him. Although in arguing with the judge, I have never seen an attorney have a judge make a decision and then argue it back at him again. And then the judge decides a second time and keeps his patience and says again the decision is final. And the defense attorney argues to the judge a THIRD time. Judge listens, answers and tells him a THIRD time his decision stands. I can't decide if it is grandstanding knowing it is televised or stupid on the defense attorney's part. Not impressed but then that's jmo.
 

Guess Who

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I am never deferred by anyone else's interpretation if I read or watch chat lol. I am not set on it, I am listening to testimony but during lulls chat continues so I watch when there is a break, etc. Not that I have watched all of this because I sure have not. Clearly no one influences my opinion even if it differs as you can see here in this thread so I have to chuckle at that :)

Yes, I do get the corroborating the confession and that there is not much. And I am not on the jury so jmo. I probably would struggle with this one if on the jury to be honest, even though I feel I wouldn't. I know myself well enough to know if someone's freedom was in my hands whether to convict or not, I would not and could not take it lightly. So I really just opining my take on it without the weight on me of being a juror.

So aside from whether they have enough evidence or corroboration for the courtroom/jury, and just in your opinion, what do you think happened and/or who did it?

I don't believe he is alive or ran off. I don't believe a neighbor took him. I don't believe on the night this happened some abductor just lucked out and happened to be driving by. I more often than not find such theories far fetched. As profilers and detectives often say, one cannot leave the house yet. There is absolutely nothing leading to the fact that anyone outside that house did anything.
that is the entire problem with this is what did happen??? I could not say I thought he was guilty beyond doubt because I don't know what exactly he is guilty of. Did he kill him or just cover it up? I am sure he is at least partially responsible for what happened, but I have no idea to what degree so i would have to vote not guilty because there is some doubt about him committing murder. I am not convinced that the mom is not involved but again, to what extent is the question.
 

kdg411

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I don't envy the jury. It's the 1st criminal case in Tennessee that I've seen and it makes me wonder if the trial for Krystal is being postponed until this one is complete. Since she didn't testify it leaves even more questions.

Also, seeing Joe's Dad get emotional on day 1 was very difficult to witness.
 

GrandmaBear

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that is the entire problem with this is what did happen??? I could not say I thought he was guilty beyond doubt because I don't know what exactly he is guilty of. Did he kill him or just cover it up? I am sure he is at least partially responsible for what happened, but I have no idea to what degree so i would have to vote not guilty because there is some doubt about him committing murder. I am not convinced that the mom is not involved but again, to what extent is the question.
It is a tough one. I do get why some can't find guilty. And again if I am honest, if I was on the jury, I am not so sure I could either but from an armchair at home I feel he is guilty and feel there is enough for me, BUT actually sending someone away if not sure, I know I would struggle with greatly if I was on the jury. I hate to see a child ever not get justice but then that is not the law and jury instruction on how to find guilt and it also depends on th echarge. I am sure I want someone to pay when it is a child, and have that in me, and if he is involved at all, I think he deserves punishment, but again, it does not mean proof, fitting the charge, nor that all is there to convict per the law and instructions. t do not think he is innocent but as you said, of what exactly? What part? All or some?

I think this case, far more than some, is very iffy, with no guess here of which way the jury could swing or even if they will be able to agree. Imo.
 

Guess Who

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It is a tough one. I do get why some can't find guilty. And again if I am honest, if I was on the jury, I am not so sure I could either but from an armchair at home I feel he is guilty and feel there is enough for me, BUT actually sending someone away if not sure, I know I would struggle with greatly if I was on the jury. I hate to see a child ever not get justice but then that is not the law and jury instruction on how to find guilt and it also depends on th echarge. I am sure I want someone to pay when it is a child, and have that in me, and if he is involved at all, I think he deserves punishment, but again, it does not mean proof, fitting the charge, nor that all is there to convict per the law and instructions. t do not think he is innocent but as you said, of what exactly? What part? All or some?

I think this case, far more than some, is very iffy, with no guess here of which way the jury could swing or even if they will be able to agree. Imo.
oh, i'm sure he's guilty! I'm just not sure what he is guilty of and to what extent.
 

Paradise

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I'm not a fan of attorney's however Jake Lockert has been entertaining more than offensive with his approach. I think his accent made me chuckle too because it brought me back to my roots, lol! Judge Wolfe has been quick on the draw, so to speak & I really appreciate his jovial anecdotes with the jury.
The Judge was outstanding!
 

GrandmaBear

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Closings today. I think the prosecution needs to string together what there is to a likely/reasonable scenario and stress those things and also emphasize confessions (plural) and that he was well aware of his rights to remain silent or call an attorney.

I am guessing the defense will hammer they feel State did not prove their case which is the State's burden and say there is no/little evidence. They will probably also put other possible theories out there and go on about LE not checking out others (after they had a confession but doubt they will point that part out).

Generally I guess a jury will come in before the weekend if they have a day or two and if the case is strong enough, but in this case I am not so sure. However, they will get it some time today and they do have all day tomorrow....

Just thoughts.
 

GrandmaBear

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I did get to see closing arguments. The prosecution rocked it and the defense, with the chance they have of some jurors thinking the case has no evidence or has not been proven, bottomed out in closing arguments in my opinion. I am not saying that with bias of any way I lean either. I don't know if the defense atty needed his microphone up and more inflection in his voice or what but I could hardly listen to him after awhile. I had absolutely no such problem with the prosecution, either of the two attorneys. They were organized, orderly with what happened, why and timeline, etc. hit the key points and emphasized them, etc.

I guess we will see. Jury will get it sometime this afternoon.
 

GrandmaBear

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Any guesses on the verdict?
Most cases I have a strong opinion on that. Not so much on this one. I feel like the prosecution gave a very strong closing argument. However, it is not a case with any DNA, fingerprints, or other such things jurors like to see and no body. I think there is enough but only just enough. Tough one to call as to what the jurors think or if even all can agree.
 

kdg411

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Just some 'food for thought';

Among those involved have been national search organization Texas Equusearch and private investigator David Marshburn.

Dave Radar, of Cincinnati, who heads up the Midwest branch of Texas Equusearch, said throughout the summer his organization covered new and previously-search areas, using dogs and drones. His team was in Dickson seven times.

“It’s all come up empty,” Radar said.

More recently, well-known private investigator David Marshburn, of North Carolina, has been in Dickson County searching, too.

Marshburn sat with the Daniels family at the most recent Dickson County Circuit Court hearing for Joseph and Krystal Daniels. During the hearing, Judge David Wolfe determined that the trials would remain in Dickson County.

 

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