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Joseph Daniels (L) and Steven Wiggins are both scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - On Tuesday, a judge denied the change of venue motions for two men who are charged in separate high-profile court cases in Dickson County.

Joseph Daniels, who is accused of killing his son, and Steven Wiggins, who is accused of killing a deputy, both appeared in court.

The judge decided that the jurors in both trials will be selected from other counties. The locations of where jury selection will occur are not being made public.

Wiggins allegedly shot Sgt. Daniel Baker six times before setting his patrol car on fire back in May.

Investigators claim Joseph Daniels admitted to killing his 5-year-old son back in April. The boy's body has still not been found.

Daniels' wife, Krystal, later admitted to being present at the family's home "when Joseph Ray Daniels intentionally caused the death of their son."

In court on Tuesday, Daniels also requested to be transferred back to the Dickson County Jail. He is currently being held at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

Daniels testified at the hearing that his mental health has deteriorated since being transferred there, claiming he has lost 80 pounds.

"There have been times I've thought of suicide in my cell, but I have no thoughts about hurting anyone else, though," said Daniels in court.

The Dickson County sheriff told the judge that his staff does not have the resources to be able to safely accommodate Daniels. The judge ultimately decided that Daniels will stay at Riverbend.

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