Joe Charles "Jay" Joyner is escorted from a hearing in Isle of Wight Courthouse . Joyner next week is expected to plead guilty to killing his father and stepmother at their Carrsville home on April 26. GWEN ALBERS/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Joyner expected to enter guilty plea

Published 2:40pm Monday, February 4, 2013

ISLE OF WIGHT—A Courtland man accused of murdering his father and stepmother is expected to enter a guilty plea in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court, his attorney Sonny Stallings said Monday.

In exchange for Joe Charles “Jay” Joyner’s plea, the commonwealth’s attorney has agreed not to seek the death penalty against the 37-year-old for allegedly killing Joe Joyner and his wife, Sandra, of Carrsville, Stallings said.

“It’ll be life in prison,” he said. “It’s probably in his best interest. We just examined all of the commonwealth’s evidence and feel it will be in his best interest.”

Commonwealth Attorney Wayne Farmer did not want to comment.

“I’m usually willing, but I’m not going to comment until he appears in court,” Farmer said.

Jay Joyner on April 26 allegedly beat to death Sandra Joyner, 58, inside the couple’s home at 31334 Walters Highway. Joe Joyner, a 2011 candidate for county supervisor in the Carrsville District, was found dead in the woods behind the home. A shotgun was used to shoot him in the head three days after his 62nd birthday, according to court records.

Their bodies were discovered one day after the murders when Sandra Joyner failed to show at Southampton Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a nurse for 35 years. The Sheriff’s Office allegedly had received information that Jay Joyner killed the couple because his dad planned to cut him off financially.

Sheriff Mark Marshall did not want to comment until after Joyner does indeed plead guilty. He is scheduled for a 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, hearing.

“I think the summary of the evidence will be compelling, but I am reluctant to comment until he pleads,” Marshall said Monday. “This is still a pending trial. (If a plea is entered) I will clearly be able to make comments and freely discuss (the matter).”

Stallings hasn’t seen the plea agreement in writing so could not say exactly what charges he expects Joyner to plea to next week..

“I should be getting it any day,” he said.

 

 

 

 

  • Makalani

    Although I supported the DA’s capital punishment decision 10,000% — I also support this plea bargain decision 10,000%. With a mountain of evidence pointing toward guilt — seeking the death penalty may have been the DA’s true intention or may have simply been a legal strategy to force a guilty plea.

    At any rate — imperfect as it may be — our justice system has spoken. We have to trust the judgment of those entrusted with meting out punishment even when it’s contrary to our personal choices!

    I don’t believe this poor-excuse-for-a-son-loser committed this ALLEGED heinous double murder because he is a sociopath. Nor do I believe he is devoid of remorse! His ALLEGED drug use may have led to his drug-addled mind telling him that murder was a “good idea!“

    I’m OK with life without the possibility of parole — a dagger in the heart of his human spirit and hope of ever living a normal life again.

    For the rest of his life — every morning when he awakes to the reality of his situation — the rest of his life in an 8×10 cell — his mind will instantly replay why he is there. He will awaken daily to a nightmare that will never go away.
    That is a fate worse than death!

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  • ibconfused

    his mama

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    • SandMan

      Honour thy Father and Mother.

      So…Mother hires Attorney to represent Baby Boy in the murder of his Father?
      ibconfused2!!!!!

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  • 1stAmendment

    FYI:

    Sonny Stallings was hired by Joyner, he is not court appointed.

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    • SandMan

      Makes one wonder who paid Mr. Stallings…..right, 1st?

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  • Maxdoubt

    Does no one believe, as I do, that capital punishment is the easy way out for murderers? I think a lifetime in a prison environment would be far worse than a few years in a private death row cell followed by a quiet death.

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  • myopinion

    When are we going to wake up in this state and country? If ever a person deserves the death penalty this man does! It is time that the elected officials in the commonwealth attornies offices do their job throughout this state and send messages that acts such as this will not be tolerated! The only message this and other cases like this send out is to go do what you want – because they will give you a plea deal – they will house you in a prison – HELL, prisoners have more rights than you and I do! Maybe next time you elect someone to office you will make sure they will stand for what you believe. The taxpayers are saying “ENOUGH”! It is time we take back this STATE and COUNTRY from the trash such as this!

    It’s time we stop using excuses such as drugs – if you choose to do them – then you choose to take the consequences of your actions while on them!!!!

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    • SandMan

      That’s L. Wayne’s way of doing things…offer a plea…back off from the maximium punishment….don’t show the flaws in your case.
      You’re right, myopinion…..but the voters keep him in office. But, we all know about “voters”, right?

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  • kingradman

    but how much is it going to cost to house and feed him, he is a young man , it would cost way more

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    • BlondeStranger

      This is simply not the case. Anyone who believes it is cheaper to prosecute a capital murder case and carry out the execution rather than feed, clothe, and house, an inmate for the rest of their life has not looked at the facts.

      This has been proven many times. Just ask a Texan. They don’t execute them “left and right” down there because it is cheaper; they do it because the taxpayers have made it clear that they are willing to pay the price for capital punishment. Studies have shown that, in the case of Texas, a capital murder case and execution cost more than 3 times what it would take to incarcerate the person for life. There are studies from many other states that tell similar tales. I saw one for Maryland where the state has spent more than $37 million per death row case conviction and execution since they reinstated the death penalty.

      If you want the death penalty in capital cases, do it because you believe it’s the right thing to do, or because you think it is worth it. But, don’t fool yourself into believing that you’re doing it to save the taxpayers some money, because that will never happen.

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  • rabbit1956

    Almost every day premeditated murders are being committed. Do you think that plea agreements have anything to do with these senseless murders? Eye for eye, regardless of cost!

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  • zuni1

    I understand the frustration and the desire for vengeance.

    But if you look at the big picture, there are some things to be said for a plea deal:

    1) The county will be saved the cost of a very expensive capital murder trial. And since he is indigent, we would be picking up the tab for both the prosecution and the defense.
    2) We will be spared the never-ending appeal process which will keep dredging it up over and over, like picking at a scab. Every time an appeal would be filed the anger, loss, and frustration would be felt again by those who knew and loved the Joyners.
    3) He will rot in prison for the rest of his days with this act eating at his soul. He will never see the money that he had anticipated getting. His children will grow up with the knowledge that he killed their grandparents, and they will hate him for it.

    God bless the souls of Joe and Sandy Joyner. May they rest in peace in the knowledge that they were dearly loved by many.

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    • simplifyingit

      i understand all your points but this person is so inhumane that he thought more about money and his own desire to live it up on money his father earned, and SHOT his own father then dragged him out into the woods and covered him with leaves! The man is a heartless killer and will prey on anyone. Yes he may be the prey in prison but he does not deserve to be fed and watered, cleaned and medicated on the taxpayers dime. It will be just as expensive to “keep” him in prison for life as it will to send to meet the devil.Drugs or not, he knew what he was doing. He wanted money more than love,shelter,kids,family….let him hang,or get fried in the chair. good riddance

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  • Masknup

    There is no tough punishment for crime anymore. Murder is murder. Hang ‘em high should be the action! It is time that people are held RESPONSIBLE for their actions. And we wonder how so many murders happen every year……

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  • spdrewry

    Ask yourself what Joe and Sandy would have wanted for their child.

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  • kingradman

    I think in this case the death penality is well desreved. He murdered 2 people. if not in this case when ?

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  • ChubRobin

    Resemblance to John W Hinkley, jr is frightening (and look where he is – ready (?) to join society once again!!! Joe and Sandy deserve better than this.

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  • tootuff2tame

    This is exactly why these type of things keep happening. Its too easy to get out of any real punishment. Now he’ll get a free ride from our pockets. Will be better for him now that he doesn’t have to worry about food, electricity, heat, or a place to sleep. Leave it to our wonderful judicial system.

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  • simplifyingit

    if the evidence is strong enough for a conviction, i agree with brandy! If there is any doubt in Farmes mind then maybe a plea agreement is warranted. I hope he gets maximum penalty allowed.

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  • brandy0547

    I don’t think he should have the option to plead quilty just to avoid the death penalty. His actions deserve the death penalty. This means we will be paying for him for the rest of his life.

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