A Tennessee Supreme Court order suspending jury trials for two months likely will delay the Dickson County case involving Joe Clyde Daniels.
The boy’s parents, Joseph and Krystal Daniels, are scheduled for trial in February, but the state supreme court’s order extends the suspension of jury trials through March 31 on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jan. 15 order allows for Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivens to make exceptions to the suspension on a case-by-case basis, so it is not certain how jury trials in Dickson County courts will be affected.
The order suspends most in-person court proceedings in addition to jury trials. It also covers all state and local courts in Tennessee, including but not limited to municipal, juvenile, general sessions, trial, and appellate courts.
The order applies statewide to court clerks’ offices except administrative courts within the executive branch and federal courts and federal court clerks’ offices in Tennessee.
Prosecutors say the missing autistic boy was murdered. He disappeared nearly three years ago and his body has not been found. Joseph Daniels is charged with murdering the child. Krystal Daniels is charged with aggravated child neglect.