A judge ruled Thursday that Joe Daniels and Krystal Daniels will be tried separately in connection with the disappearance of their autistic son, Joe Clyde Daniels, three years ago.
Dickson County Circuit Judge David Wolfe also loosened his gag order in the “Baby Joe” case. Wolfe made both rulings in the morning as proceedings on other matters in the case were continuing.
The motions for separate trials and relief from the gag order were made by Public Defender Jake Lockert, who represents Joe Daniels.
The motions were unopposed by District Attorney General Ray Crouch and Michael Flanagan, who represents Krystal Daniels.
Joe Daniels’ trial is set for June 1. No date for Krystal Daniels’ trial was set.
Joe Clyde Daniels was 5 years old when he vanished from his Tennessee City home in April 2018. His father is charged with murder, and the boy’s mother faces a count of aggravated child neglect.
Other proceedings continuing Thursday have to do with Lockert’s multiple motions to suppress evidence. It was not clear when those proceedings would end or when Wolfe would rule on those motions.