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South Carolina Man Who Killed His 5 Kids After They Returned From Disney World Faces Death Penalty

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Capital punishment is less common these days, but in some states, it is still considered for severe crimes.

Timothy Jones, Jr., 37, of Lexington, South Carolina, is being charged with five counts of murder after he killed his five children, all of whom were under the age of eight.

His defense? Not guilty by reason of insanity.

According to PeopleJones, “after stuffing their bodies in garbage bags, he loaded their remains into his Cadillac Escalade and drove for days through four states, sleeping in the SUV with his children’s bodies in the back.”

The trial is underway and the prosecution is making its case, with Jones’ ex-wife and mother of the five children reading a letter she wrote to her eldest following her divorce from Jones.

“You kids are my world and Mommy and Daddy were really blessed to have you,” Amber Kyzer read, before breaking down into sobs.

“Oh god. Oh god. My babies. My babies,” Kyzer cried.

Prosecutors said he “killed 6-year-old Nahtahn in a rage after finding the boy, fascinated by electricity, had broken an outlet in their home near Lexington in August 2014.

“Jones then strangled 8-year-old Mera and 7-year-old Elias with his hands and 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail with a belt.”

“The voices started kicking in,” Jones recalled thinking after Nahtahn was killed. “Saying ’you better do something, you are f*cked, Tim.”

Video of the trial is available here:

Warning: This is incredibly hard to watch.

The trial continues tomorrow.


Written by Mike Walsh

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