Prosecutors, defense agree to sever Daniels' cases into two trials

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Posted at 7:03 AM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 19:37:17-04

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to sever the cases of Joseph and Krystal Daniels into two trials. Joseph Daniels will stand trial first on June 1.

Several motions were heard during Thursday's hearing in the Joe Clyde Daniels case and a handful more are expected when the hearing resumes next Tuesday.

New revelations and never-before-seen video are expected to be part of the hearings.

Judge David Wolfe also lifted the gag order in the case, meaning attorneys may now comment publicly about the case.

Other motions challenging evidence, including the father's confession, will also likely be heard during the hearing.

Joseph Daniels initially confessed to killing his son, Joe Clyde, but later recanted. His attorney says Daniels was coerced. A big question is whether the confession will be allowed at trial.

Joe Clyde disappeared from his Dickson County, Tennessee home on April 4, 2018. It's been a long three years waiting for a trial, which is set to begin on June 1.

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The father, Joseph, is charged with homicide. The mother, Krystal, is charged with aggravated child neglect. Both have remained locked up on $1 million bond while awaiting trial.

By all accounts, this will be a significant hearing. Both defendants will be there in the courtroom. We should learn much more about the evidence – or lack of it in the high-profile case.

Remember, the 5-year-old's body has never been found. Authorities believe Joe Clyde is dead, but how do you prove it without his remains? There is very little physical evidence in this case – no body, no blood. Is it possible that Joseph did not kill his son? The defense will offer other possibilities.