Family question jury to spare lifetime of father who killed 5 younger of us

One more group of family members asked a jury Wednesday to spare the life of a South Carolina father convicted of murdering his five children, saying they have been through enough pain already. The same jury that convicted Timothy Jones Jr. of killing his five children in their Lexington home in August 2014 is set…3 min


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Family question jury to spare lifetime of father who killed 5 younger of us


Every other group of relatives asked to jury Wednesday to spare the lifetime of a South Carolina father convicted of murdering his 5 younger of us, asserting they have been by design of adequate ache already. The identical jury that convicted Timothy Jones Jr. of killing his 5 younger of us in their Lexington home in August 2014 is space to launch up deliberating his destiny Thursday morning. In the occasion that they construct now not unanimously conform to the death penalty, Jones, 37, would possibly well be sentenced to existence in jail with out parole. One particular person the jury will now hear from in particular person is Jones himself. He declined to testify sooner than he was once upon guilty and every other time Wednesday at the head of his sentencing section. South Carolina legislation would own allowed Jones to have a transient commentary to the jury for the length of Thursday’s closing arguments, but Jones suggested Circuit Assume Eugene Griffith would not now construct that either. They’ve heard from Jones by designing numerous confessions with authorities and interviews with psychologists. Jones killed 6-year-archaic are Nahtahn by exercising the boy to death as a punishment after he refused to admit he broke an electrical outlet, in step with Jones’ confession. Jones did not name 911 when he came upon his son lifeless. As a replacement, he watched a jail rape scene from a movie on his cell phone, then made up our minds to abolish the diversified younger of us, in step with his confession and cell telephone records. Jones suggested police he strangled 8-year-archaic Merah and 7-year-archaic Elias with his palms and aged to choke 2-year-archaic Gabriel and 1-year-archaic Abigail. On Wednesday, the horrific important components of the killings took a back seat to Jones’ two half brothers, his half sister and his stepmother all testified. Earlier in the week, Jones’ father asked jurors to spare his existence and the mum of the 5 slain younger of us said she was once in opposition to the death penalty in my notion, but became once minds They remembered a younger man who acted as a mentor and when Jones’ three younger siblings of us had been small. The relatives said Jones has a ways to be able to be residing out his existence in jail than die at the head of a needle or in the electrical chair. They have testified that they might possibly well possibly be thunder diversified. And they all asked to spare Jones’ existence on memoir of regardless of the pieces the ache they had when the younger one of us had been killed 5 years in the past they did not need any longer. “Do not seize but every other from us. Our family can not seize it,” half brother Tyler Jones said. Jones Jr. wiped away tears numerous conditions, at the side of his lawyers showed news footage of a memorial service his family place on for the younger of us, whose ashes sit in urns at their grandfather’s home along with the Mickey Mouse ears they wore when their father took them to Disney World months sooner than killing them. Prosecutors asked few questions of the relatives. But earlier Wednesday, they completed immoral examining social worker Deborah Gray, who spent 500 hours unraveling Jones’s existence from his grandmother’s upbringing to the younger of our deaths. She testified at the extent about rapes, molestation, arguments, gunfire and drug employ for the protection Tuesday. But prosecutor Rick Hubbard pointed out Jones excelled in college, overcame a drug conviction in the early 2000s and even with a wife and children made it by design of faculty and into an $ 80,000-a-year computer engineer job. Whereas the protection is arguing that undiagnosed mental illness drove Jones to abolish his younger of us – to divulge the jury has shown some skepticism about by deciding to now not search out him guilty but mentally ill or now not guilty by motive of madness – Hubbard and prosecutors said he was once an depraved, selfish man who made detrimental different after detrimental different. Hubbard said that Jones started doing remedy when his marriage broke up and selected to abolish his younger one of us after finding one are lifeless so his ex-wife could possibly well now possibly not own pudgy custody. “I have selected to overlook pleas for mercy from his younger brother as he became eleven strangling them,” Hubbard said. Now you are not one in all the four relatives who testified had been worthy to advise about the last year of the younger of our lives. Jones stopped talking to them after a fight with his father over faith. All of them regretted how they looked at it. “I’m sorry, Tim. I’m right, and I’m right, and I’m sorry, I’m sorry, Tim. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, “said half brother Travis Jones. The trial is being livestreamed from the Lexington County courthouse. — Watch Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP.


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