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A jury convicted a South Carolina father of homicide Tuesday within the deaths of his 5 younger kids, permitting prosecutors to hunt the dying penalty.
The Lexington County jury thought of the case for about six hours over two days earlier than returning the 5 responsible verdicts for homicide towards Timothy Jones Jr., who confirmed no response.
Now that very same jury will return Thursday to start listening to proof from prosecutors who will painting Jones as a egocentric, evil father who determined after killing one baby that every one his kids ought to die as a substitute of ending up along with his ex-wife and he ought to be executed for his crimes.
Jones’ legal professionals are anticipated to argue he was a doting, single father who put himself by faculty whereas married with kids — a pc engineer with an $80,000-a-year job whose psychological issues constructed till stress from his spouse’s infidelity and drug use drove him over the sting.
Jones, 37, confessed to exercising 6-year-old Nahtahn till he died after outlet was damaged in his Lexington residence in August 2014.
Prosecutors mentioned Jones then thought of what to do for a number of hours — watching a jail rape scene from a film and heading to a retailer for cigarettes along with his oldest baby whereas leaving the others at residence with the physique — earlier than deciding to kill all of them.
Jones would ultimately strangle Eight-year-old Mera and 7-year-old Elias along with his palms and, in his confession, mentioned he used a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail as a result of his palms had been too large, prosecutor Rick Hubbard mentioned in his closing argument Monday.
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Jones then wrapped the our bodies of all 5 kids in plastic and drove across the Southeast U.S. for 9 days, operating just a few errands, shopping for artificial marijuana, however primarily making erratic journeys, Hubbard mentioned, citing financial institution and cellphone information.
Jones searched the web for nations that don’t extradite suspects again to the U.S. and took his passport. He researched tips on how to disintegrate our bodies sooner. And he performed what he mentioned was his oldest daughter’s favorite track, “Butterfly Kisses,” a mushy chorus a couple of father’s awe at his daughter’s love regardless of his imperfections, in line with his confessions to police and telephone information.
Jones dumped the our bodies after placing them in rubbish luggage on a hillside close to Camden, Alabama, and was arrested a short while later at a visitors checkpoint in Smith County, Mississippi, after an officer mentioned he smelled the horrible odor of decomposition from the SUV.
“He left his youngsters on the market in luggage. They seemed like rubbish,” Hubbard mentioned.
Defence legal professional Boyd Younger emphasised how Jones’ diseased and broken mind saved him from figuring out each authorized and ethical proper from fallacious when he killed his kids –the requirement underneath South Carolina regulation to search out him not responsible by cause of madness. Jurors didn’t purchase that argument.
Jones’ mom has been in a psychological establishment for greater than 20 years with schizophrenia, and the defence known as a number of specialists to recommend Jones had the psychological sickness too, but it surely was by no means recognized.
In his closing argument, Boyd identified autopsies on the kids confirmed they weren’t malnourished and regardless of different witnesses, who testified about frequent spankings, confirmed no indicators of standard abuse.
That didn’t present a merciless, evil father, however as a substitute a person whose already tenuous grasp on sanity was destroyed after his spouse left him for a young person, elevating 5 kids alone and self medicating his mentally in poor health ideas with artificial marijuana and consuming, Boyd mentioned.
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Jones additionally turned devoutly non secular after spending time in jail within the early 2000s on a drug cost, and believed God was telling him he was doing the correct factor to boost his kids, even when social staff demanded he cease spanking his youngsters but additionally nervous he was not trustworthy sufficient and his issues had been God’s punishment.
And the 9 days Jones drove along with his kids’s our bodies decomposing, creating an odor so unhealthy a gasoline station clerk known as it the worst physique odor she ever smelled? “He was spending time grieving along with his kids,” Younger mentioned.
A number of witnesses who testified within the first section of the trial will seemingly return for the penalty section, together with Jones’ ex-wife and the kids’s mom, Amber Kyzer, who broke down in heaving sobs on the stand final month as she learn a letter she wrote her kids saying she was sorry she couldn’t be of their lives and make her marriage work.
The trial is being livestreamed from the Lexington County courthouse.