NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A big change is expected in the high-profile Joe Clyde Daniels case. NewsChannel 5 has learned that the boy’s parents are now expected to be tried separately instead of together.
The general understanding has always been that Joseph and Krystal Daniels would stand trial together. But now it appears there will be two trials, and the parents will be tried separately.
NewsChannel 5 legal analyst Nick Leonardo says there are clear elements in the case indicating the judge has no choice, but to separate the parents. However, it’s important to note that neither the defense attorneys nor prosecutors would comment on the matter because of a standing gag order.
For the past two-plus years, both parents have been locked up on $1 million bond each. The father, Joseph, is charged with homicide, while the mother, Krystal, is charged with aggravated child neglect.
"Some of the strongest evidence the state has are statements that each of them have made about the other," said NewsChannel 5 legal analyst Nick Leonardo
Early on, Krystal Daniels told the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that she saw her husband standing over Joe Clyde, striking him the night he disappeared. Leonardo expects the prosecution will call on the TBI agent to testify again at trial as to what Krystal told him, which would be damaging testimony to Joseph.
“Did she say she was physically unable to get close to Joe Clyde because Joseph Daniels threatened her,” an attorney asked during a hearing in 2019.
“She made a statement to that, yes. In fact, she claimed that Joseph Daniels assaulted her. She claimed he took a swing at her,” TBI agent Joey Boyd responded.
Leonardo says the prosecution cannot use a statement from one defendant, who won't take the stand, implicating the other in the very same trial. If the prosecution plans to use Krystal's words as expected, the judge must sever the case.
If the trials are separated, it’s unclear who would be tried first. But the thinking is Krystal Daniels would go first in June because her case is less complex.
Keep in mind, the judge has not yet issued the order, but Leonardo believes that it is coming soon.
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- Attorneys use taped interrogation in hearing to argue Joseph Daniels' confession was coerced
- Joseph Daniels' recanted confession played in court
- TBI serves search warrant in Joe Clyde Daniels case, searches brush around home
- Video evidence shows someone at Joe Clyde Daniels' home the night 5-year-old disappeared
- Krystal Daniels recants statement about what happened to son, Joe Clyde
- Jailhouse phone calls could be key to prosecution of Joe Clyde Daniels homicide case
- Letter from Joe Clyde's Father: "If we can get Krystal to confess...we can win this case."