|Full name||Joe Stern|
|Appears in||Criminal Case|
|First appeared||Case #2: Corpse in a Garden (s1)|
Joe Stern was a suspect in the murder investigation of mortgage broker Ned Dillard in Corpse in a Garden (Case #2 of Grimsborough). He was later revealed to be the killer of Viper member Chad Whickman in Burned to the Bone (Case #9 of Grimsborough).
Joe is a 42-year-old manager of a mini-market. He has a brown hair and black eyes. He commonly wears a blue shirt which has a badge on the left side that reads, "MANAGER, JOE STERN".
In his first appearance, Joe wears a bandage and has a missing tooth.
In his second apeparance, Joe looks the same and wears the same badge, and it is discovered that he smokes, has dandruff, and wears sports shoes.
Events of Criminal Case
Joe was the manager of the mini-market where Dennis Brown bought a flammable liquid bottle and a saw to kill Ned Dillard, and also a bandage. When Jones and the player saw this invoice, they deduced the killer wore a bandage as they had bought one along with the murder weapon. In the shelves of his market, the team found a surveillance camera which provides information about the killer.
In the Additional Investigation, Joe told the team that a Viper got into his market, and thought there was something suspicious. The team found a bag of powder in a box of cookies within the shelves. The unknown powder later revealed to be cocaine, so the team warned Joe about the drug.
Joe returned in this case, where he was convicted of killing the Viper member Chad Whickman by burning him alive with a gasoline can. The team investigated in his market again where they find a job application the victim had sent him, and a CCTV footage which finally lets the team arrest him.
Joe had killed Chad because the Vipers always used to come to his mini-market and destroyed the items there. As a result, Joe became furious when Chad asked for a job in his mini-market (since Chad was a member of the Vipers) and therefore, he killed him.
Joe also stated that his only regret was that he did not get to kill more of the Vipers' members, so for his sick crime and also for his unrepentant nature, Judge Hall hereby sentenced him to twenty to life in jail.
- Joe is one of the many suspects who appeared in two cases.
- Joe is the first suspect who gives you a burger in the Additional Investigation.
- Joe's bandage turns from beige to white in his first mugshot.
- In his "arrest" photo, Joe can be seen without the dandruff on his shoulder, and his eye color changes from black to amber.