DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The eight-year-old half brother of Joe Clyde Daniels woke as much as a loud bang the morning of April 4, 2018 and noticed his stepfather, Joseph Daniels stroll down the street carrying his little brother, the kid testified Monday morning.
Throughout his testimony, Alex mentioned that Joseph Daniels’ father and stepmother have been out of city, so he and Joe Clyde slept of their bed room.
When Joe Clyde urinated on the ground, Alex mentioned he went to alert Joseph Daniels, who went into the bed room and beat the five-year-old. Each siblings then went again to mattress, in accordance with Alex.
Whereas making an attempt to elucidate what occurred subsequent, Alex grew to become emotional, so the choose initiated a 15 minute recess.
When court docket resumed, Alex defined that he awoke in the midst of the night time to a loud bang that seemed like a thump. He mentioned he stayed within the bed room for a couple of minutes, however ultimately walked into the lounge and noticed Joe Clyde on the bottom.
The 11-year-old mentioned he witnessed Joseph Daniels carry Joe Clyde out the again door of the residence, so Alex adopted quietly.
When Alex acquired to the sting of the home, he mentioned he noticed Joseph Daniels place Joe Clyde on the bottom, then get down on his knee and go searching. Minutes later, Alex mentioned Joseph Daniels noticed him peeking across the nook and threatened to kill Alex if he didn’t “assist him.”
ALEX: “He threatened that he would kill me if I didn’t assist.”
PROSECUTOR: “He threatened to kill you?”
PROSECUTOR: “When you didn’t assist him?”
PROSECUTOR: “Did you assist him?”
PROSECUTOR: “What did you do?”
ALEX: “I attempted to search out one thing to do. I went over to the automobile. I opened the door and opened the trunk and I advised him to do one thing. I don’t know what it was and I don’t know why he didn’t do it.”
PROSECUTOR: “You opened the door to the automobile.”
PROSECUTOR: “And also you opened the trunk?”
Alex mentioned Joseph Daniels advised him to return inside, however he hid and watched as his stepfather went down the driveway carrying Joe Clyde, then started strolling down Garners Creek Street with the little boy in his arms.
When Alex awoke on the morning of April 4, 2018, he testified that Joseph Daniels advised him that his brother had run away.
A prolonged recorded interview with Alex from April 5, 2018 was then performed for the courtroom.
Throughout that dialog, Alex advised Jessica Tiegert with the Youngster Advocacy Heart that Joseph Daniels “calmly and quietly” entered the room after Joe Clyde urinated on the ground.
Tiegert then summarized what she was advised by Alex: “He peed, you advised daddy, daddy got here within the room, and calmly and quietly advised him to get again to mattress after which later Little Joe awoke and you place him again to sleep by turning the TV and the noise off and you then went to sleep after which daddy woke you up and he was gone?”
After that video performed, the protection cross-examined Alex, asking in regards to the modifications in his story, together with initially stating that his mom, Krystal Daniels had entered the room at one level to ensure the youngsters have been tucked in.
DEFENSE: “Your testimony earlier right now is that you simply’re mendacity proper there?”
ALEX: “Not all of the the best way. I lied in regards to the half the place Krystal got here in and tucked us in. She didn’t truly.”
DEFENSE: “She didn’t come within the room?
ALEX: “No. And the opposite half I used to be mendacity about is at any time when I mentioned he mentioned it calmly. I used to be making an attempt to guard him as a result of I didn’t need him to get in hassle.”
DEFENSE: “Whenever you testified earlier you mentioned that you simply noticed Joseph carrying Joe Clyde down the street, how lengthy was he gone? Have you learnt?”
ALEX: “How lengthy was he gone?”
ALEX: “No, I don’t know. I went again into the home.”
DEFENSE: “When did you alter your story?”
ALEX: “When did I modify my story? Each time I remembered. It was blocked off till a pair months in the past.”
Joseph Daniels reported Joe Clyde lacking on the morning of April 4, 2018 and mentioned the boy had escaped from the household’s residence. During a four-hour recorded confession, Joseph Daniels admitted to fatally beating his son, who had autism and was non-verbal.
Jake Lockert, the attorney representing Joseph Daniels has said the confession, which was later recanted, was coerced, however a choose decided it might be used as proof in the course of the trial.
The physique of Joe Clyde Daniels has by no means been discovered.
The trial for Joseph Daniels, which began final Thursday afternoon, is scheduled to run for about two weeks. The jury was chosen from Chattanooga and all 12 jurors and 4 alternates had by no means heard the title “Child Joe,” in accordance with the choose.
Joseph Daniels faces 5 expenses, together with first-degree homicide and proof tampering. He was jailed in Nashville, however has been moved to the Dickson County jail in the course of the length of his trial.
His spouse, Krystal Daniels witnessed the deadly beating, however went to mattress as a substitute of serving to her son, in accordance with investigators. She is charged with aggravated youngster abuse and neglect and might be tried individually from her husband.