COLUMBIA, S.C.– A jury discovered a South Carolina daddy guilty of murder Tuesday in the deaths of his 5 young kids, allowing district attorneys to look for the death penalty.
The Lexington County jury thought about the case for about six hours over 2 days before returning the five guilty decisions for murder against Timothy Jones Jr.
Now that exact same jury will return Thursday to begin hearing evidence from prosecutors who will represent Jones as a self-centered, wicked daddy who chose his children must die instead of stay with his ex-wife and ought to be performed for his criminal activities.
Jones’ lawyers are expected to argue he was a doting, single daddy whose psychological issues piled up till tension and substance abuse drove him over the edge.
Jones, 37, confessed to working out 6-year-old Nahtahn up until he died after an electrical outlet was broken in his Lexington house in August 2014.
Prosecutors stated Jones then considered what to do for several hours– watching a prison rape scene from a film and heading to a shop for cigarettes with his earliest child while leaving the others at house with the body– before choosing to kill them all.
Jones would eventually strangle 8-year-old Mera and 7-year-old Elias with his hands and, in his confession, stated he used a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail because his hands were too big, prosecutor Rick Hubbard said in his closing argument Monday.
Jones then wrapped the bodies of all 5 children in plastic and drove around the Southeast U.S. for 9 days, running a couple of errands, purchasing artificial marijuana, but mainly making irregular trips, Hubbard stated, mentioning bank and cellphone records.
Jones browsed the web for nations that do not extradite suspects back to the U.S. and took his passport. He investigated how to disintegrate bodies much faster. And he played what he stated was his earliest daughter’s favorite song, “Butterfly Kisses,” a mushy refrain about a dad’s wonder at his child’s love in spite of his flaws, according to his confessions to police and phone records.
Jones disposed the bodies after putting them in garbage bags on a hillside near Camden, Alabama, and was apprehended a short time later at a traffic checkpoint in Smith County, Mississippi, after an officer stated he smelled the terrible smell of decay from the SUV.
Defense attorney Boyd Young emphasized how Jones’ diseased and damaged brain kept him from understanding both legal and ethical right from incorrect when he eliminated his kids– the requirement under South Carolina law to find him not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors did not purchase that argument.
Jones’ mother has been in a psychological organization for more than 20 years with schizophrenia, and the defense called a number of specialists to suggest Jones had the mental disease too, but it was never ever identified.
In his closing argument, Boyd pointed out autopsies on the children showed they were not malnourished and regardless of other witnesses, who testified about regular spankings, revealed no indications of regular abuse.
That didn’t show a vicious, wicked father, but rather a man whose already tenuous grasp on peace of mind was ruined by his better half’s extramarital relations, raising five kids alone and self medicating his mentally ill ideas with synthetic marijuana and drinking, Boyd stated.
Jones likewise became devoutly religious after hanging around in prison in the early 2000 s on a drug charge, and believed God was informing him he was doing the ideal thing to raise his children, even when social workers required he stop spanking his kids.
A number of witnesses who testified in the very first phase of the trial will likely return for the charge stage, including Jones’ ex-wife and the children’s mom, Amber Kyzer, who broke down in heaving sobs on the stand last month as she checked out a letter she composed her kids stating she was sorry she couldn’t remain in their lives and make her marital relationship work.