Joe Clyde Daniels case: Judge rules that Joseph Daniels’ taped confession is admissible

Posted at 11:15 AM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 19:21:01-04

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The judge in the Joe Clyde Daniels case has ruled that Joseph Daniels’ taped confession is admissible during trial, which is set to begin on June 1.

Judge David Wolfe issued his ruling Friday afternoon in court. He also ruled that the state will have to meet the “Bishop standard” — corroborating evidence that backs up a confession — at trial, not during pre-trial motions.

Wolfe says they can still dismiss the confession at trial if the state doesn’t provide that evidence.

Daniels is charged in the death of his missing son, Joe Clyde, who disappeared from his Dickson County, Tennessee home on April 4, 2018. Although the boy's body has never been found, he is presumed dead.

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During motions hearings last week, Daniels' attorneys argued that law enforcement acted with bias in their investigation and may have missed a lead in the case. However, Judge Wolfe disagreed.

At a previous hearing, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to sever the cases of Joseph and Krystal Daniels into two trials. Joseph Daniels is set to stand trial first.