Joseph Daniels Bio/Wiki
Joseph Daniels was found guilty of murder in the disappearance of his 5-year-old son Joe Clyde by a Dickson County jury.
Daniels was convicted of first-degree murder in the commission of a criminal crime, which carries a mandatory life term in Tennessee. Aggravated child abuse was the associated offense in this instance. He was also charged with premeditated first-degree murder but was found guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
He was also charged with severe child abuse, filing a fake police report, and tampering with evidence. After an eight-day trial and roughly ten hours of deliberation over two days, the jury from Hamilton County announced their decision on Saturday.
His son Joe Clyde was 5 years old. Joseph Daniels’s age is around 45-50 years old.
What Did Joseph Daniels Do?
After the youngster went missing in early April 2018, Daniels was suspected of murdering him. Joe Clyde was mute and had autism, but his instructors and classmates remembered him as a “very amusing” and “energetic” youngster who “liked to eat” and “liked his boots.”
The disappearance and murder charges rocked the small, close-knit Dickson County town. It kept a close eye on the case for three years.
When TBI officers first interrogated Daniels in the days after the abduction, he claimed he beat “Baby Joe” to death after discovering the infant had urinated on the floor. Investigators said he claimed to have disposed of Joe Clyde’s remains in an unnamed isolated area. The body of the youngster has yet to be discovered.
In an email, David Raybin, a Nashville defense attorney who isn’t involved in the case, said the second-degree murder conviction will likely “blend” with the first-degree felony-murder conviction. Raybin said the judge would decide whether the remaining counts’ punishments would run concurrently or consecutively with the life term.
According to Raybin, a life sentence for felony murder in Tennessee entails a mandatory minimum of 51 years in prison with no prospect of parole.
Daniels wanted to be returned to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, where he had been confined for the entirety of the trial while awaiting punishment. On September 14, Daniels will face a sentencing hearing. Despite the fact that he later denied the confession, Dickson County Circuit Court Judge David D. Wolfe allowed it to be read in court.