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.
The death penalty trial for a SC father charged with killing his 5 kids started today. Opening statements took 45 minutes, but likely solidly previewed weeks of testimony to come. My story: https://t.co/PsNVhe0lgA— Jeffrey Collins (@JSCollinsAP) May 14, 2019
A jury has been selected in the death penalty trial of a SC father charged with killing his five children. https://t.co/CP5ikHKMDt— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) May 15, 2019
Testimony starts in the death-penalty trial of a SC father accused of killing his 5 children. The defense says the father is mentally ill. Prosecutors say he's a murderer. https://t.co/KmftphSRt6 https://t.co/PPn3di7gGv— Andy Shain (@AndyShain) May 15, 2019
SC dad facing death penalty for killing 5 kids to argue insanityhttps://t.co/YTmjFDUNTo— Newshiddenfromyou (@newshidden) May 15, 2019
According to People, Jones, “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.”
Authorities say 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr. killed his children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014 https://t.co/OdeUgWhhFq— WCBD (@WCBD) May 14, 2019
Opening statements will begin Tuesday in the death penalty trial for the Lexington County father accused of killing his five children. @GinaNSmith has all the background ahead of the trial, which could go on for weeks. https://t.co/jlXSawmmD4— Teddy Kulmala (@teddy_kulmala) May 12, 2019
Death penalty trial set for SC dad charged with killing his 5 kids pic.twitter.com/aBE5h7tU1f— Sauce Carolina (@SauceCarolina) April 30, 2019
Authorities say 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr. killed his children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014 https://t.co/8fBSju1fMq— Carolyn Murray (@cmurraywcbdtv) May 14, 2019
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.
“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.”
Day 6 of testimony in the Timothy Jones Jr. trial officially begins with testimony from Cynthia Bobe, an FBI field agent. @WLTX— Jacob Reynolds (@JRFromTheSouth) May 21, 2019
Day 6 of the Timothy Jones Jr. trial is underway. We're planning on hearing from two witnesses before lunch. First up is Agent Cynthia Bobe, who is testifying about taking Jones' cell phone into evidence. @wis10— Caroline Hecker (@CHecker_WIS) May 21, 2019
Video of the trial is available here:
Warning: This is incredibly hard to watch.
The trial continues tomorrow.