KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m.):
A jury is now seated in the Joel Guy Jr. murder trial.
Guy is accused of killing and dismembering his parents in November 2016.
The court selected 16 jurors for the trial: 12 primary jurors and four alternates. The jury is made up of 10 women and 6 men, two of which are people of color. Other details about jury members cannot be provided for privacy reasons and to ensure the integrity of the trial.
The first round of jurors entered the courtroom at 9 a.m. A second round arrived for the afternoon session.
Judge Steve Sword had said he hoped a jury would be selected by the end of the Thursday.
The trial is set to begin on Monday. WBIR will stream the trial live on WBIR.com and on WBIR's YouTube channel.
Joel Guy Jr. made one last appearance in court before jury selection.
During this hearing, he spoke to the judge directly about the death penalty.
"It seems kind of absurd to force protections on a defendant that does not want them," Guy said.
Guy filed a handwritten motion to Judge Steve Sword giving him permission to impose the death penalty if Guy is convicted of murder.
Judge Sword explained in court, since the district attorneys office isn't seeking the death penalty, he as a judge can not impose it.
Both Guy's defense team and prosecutors discussed adding a few more pieces of evidence, mentioning a few phone calls made from jail.
The trial is set for Monday, Sept. 28.