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Murder suspect ordered to undergo psychological evaluation

Published 11:53am Thursday, December 20, 2012

ISLE OF WIGHT—An Isle of Wight Circuit Court judge has ordered a psychological evaluation to determine whether a Courtland man accused of killing his father and stepmother is competent to stand trial.

Judge Carl Eason Jr. on Wednesday granted a defense motion seeking the evaluation for Joseph Charles “Jay” Joyner Jr.

Joyner, 37, is charged in the deaths of Joe Joyner Sr., 62, and Sandra Joyner, 58, on April 26 at their Walters Highway home in Carrsville. Joe Joyner was found shot to death in the woods and his wife was found beaten to death inside the home.

Commonwealth Attorney Wayne Farmer is seeking the death penalty

Friends of the victims have indicated that money was the motive for the killings.

Joyner’s next hearing is set for Feb. 13.


  • Makalani

    An old Chinese proverb says: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
    Conversely: “ A journey of dozens of legal motions to the execution chamber begins with a single motion!”

    With the Comm Atty’s announcement to seek the death penalty for these heinous — ambush — cowardly — ALLEGED double murders — the onus on the State was ratcheted up to ensure every legal “T” is crossed and legal “I” dotted.

    Mr. Joyner’s defense team is charged with putting up a vigorous defense — holding the State to that heightened legal burden and making sure a fair trial ensues! This process may seem unnecessarily complex/time consuming at times to the casual observer but it should be when the State is seeking the ultimate punishment.

    But whatever the costs in time — taxpayer $$ and frustration — a sentence of death/lethal injection and that sentence carried out if a conviction is obtained will be well worth it! We as a society owe the victims in this ALLEGED double murder no less than a full measure of legal justice!

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  • workingtodamill

    @liberty it has been 2 1/2 years and the Steinert trail has yet to go anywhere. This one will take a while too.

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    This is certainly taking a long time to get to this point. . . . . .

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