Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-13 15:33:29 –
Charlotte, Tennessee (WTVF) —The incident that shook Dickson County at its core. On April 4, 2018, it was reported that a 5-year-old boy with autism, Joe Clyde Daniels, shared from home with his parents, grandparents, aunt, and two siblings.
Almost immediately, the Tennessees did what they did best-volunteer to find a boy. However, hours have become days, and it is more likely that it will turn into a recovery rather than a search mission.
Four days later, the case was suspended. The boy was still missing, but the investigator had a suspected father, Joseph Daniels.
“Where’s Baby Joe?” Protesters chanted on April 13, 2018, when Joseph was taken to the old Dixon County Hall for protest.
Then, a three-year legal process began, filled with hearings and unexpected delays related to COVID-19. The incident was enthusiastically tracked in Nashville, central Tennessee, and for some around the world.
Then, on June 3, 2021, Joseph’s trial was held at the new Dixon County Justice Center on Spring Street in Charlotte. The state exhibited more than 250 exhibits and cross-examined dozens of witnesses, most importantly Alex Nolan.
“Well, I woke up to this noisy, though I didn’t go there right away,” Alex stopped crying at the stand.
“I know this is difficult. I know it is difficult,” replied Prosecutor General Ray Klauch.
Joe Clyde’s half-brother, now 11 years old, had to testify to his stepfather and with other family members sitting in court. Given his age, NewsChannel 5 decided not to broadcast his face.
“Did the defendant start walking on the driveway?” DA Crouch asked.
“Yes,” Alex replied.
“What did he do with Joe Clyde?” Clauch asked.
“He was holding him in his arms,” replied emotional Alex.
But Alex’s testimony is not without controversy. When the child was eight years old, his explanation was different from law enforcement. Joseph was not responsible and claimed he had no idea what had happened to his half-brothers.
“When did you change the story?” Asked Daniels’ assistant public defender Matt Mitchell.
“When did I change my story? Whenever I remember. It was cut off until a few months ago,” Alex replied.
Important evidence was Joseph’s hours of interview with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Joseph initially continued to insist that he didn’t know what had happened to Joe Clyde, but after a tenacious question he confessed that he had killed his son.
“Why did you kill your son? Why did you kill your son?” Daniels cried in tears during his confession.
In closing arguments, the prosecution showed a playfully upset video because Joe Clyde didn’t have an apple for him. “Don’t be so angry. Play a fun game instead. No? Do you want an apple above all?” Speech pathologist Donnerstag told Joe Clyde in a video clip.
Then, after nine hours of deliberation, on the ninth day of the trial, twelve male and female juries sealed the defendant’s fate. “How do juries find allegations of first-class murder in felony offenses?” Judge David Wolfe asked.
“I’m guilty, Sir,” replied the jury chief.
Many questions remain, such as body position and motivation. But we know this-the corely shaken community now has some more answers. Hopefully, one day Dixon County will be able to find peace.
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