TBI SEARCHING DANIELS HOME AGAIN; MURDER TRIAL IN BABY JOE DISAPPEARANCE AT LEAST A YEAR OFF
By Dave Barkholz
Joe Daniels, accused of murdering his son Baby Joe, is back in the news.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was searching for more evidence Thursday as agents served a search warrant to reinvestigate Daniels’ former residence in Dickson. Daniels has been in prison since his indictment in 2018.
The bureau searched outside the Dickson home and cut some bushes and trees. But Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe, whose office joined the search, would not say what the agencies were looking for.
Joseph Ray Daniels is accused of killing his autistic son, Joe Clyde Daniels, two years ago and disposing of the remains. Baby Joe has not been found.
Daniels faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the disappearance.
His wife, Krystal Nicole Daniels, also is in custody. She is charged with felonious aggravated child abuse and neglect.
Joe Daniels’ attorney, Jake Lockert, said Thursday that he has so much evidence to go through in defense of his client that Daniels won’t be ready for trial until fall, 2021.
Daniels was a computer expert and the TBI took computers and other devices into evidence that the defense team will now need months to pour over.
Lockert said he has hired assistants to go through more than 10 terabytes of evidence on CD-ROMS.
He said the findings of the TBI’s most recent house search will have to be filed with the court. But he said it is likely that the evidence will be held under seal.