Amber Kyzer was married to Timothy Jones Jr. for eight years and lived in Lexington County until 2012 – when they divorced and shared custody of their children.
"I had nothing to offer my children, I could not take care of them," she said. "As a mother, I made the best decision I could make, trusting my then-husband, and promising to take care of our children."
Then on August 28, 2014, she called her children as she always did at 7 pm – but something was different. Her children screamed in the background and her son sounded like he was gasping, she said. Then her husband hung up the phone and did not answer many phone calls, she said.
She later found out that he had killed her children Mera, 8; Elijah, 7; Seam, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Abigail 1
"Nothing justifies what you've done"
Kyzer said when she was indignant over Jones having killed the children, she pleaded for his Life in her name.
"He did not show compassion to my children, but my children loved him, and if I spoke for my children and not for myself, I would say so," she said Tuesday. "I'm not here for myself, the mother in me wants him to feel everything I feel, what my children felt, nothing justifies, nothing justifies what you did."
During the hearing, she turned to the man she was once married to and told him how she loved him once, and her children as well. Jones wiped away the tears with a handkerchief.
Kyzer said she did not attend most of the hearings in person, but tracked her in a livestream and grim details about how her children died in the courtroom along with other people at the same time.
He put their bodies in garbage bags and dropped them
The officials of the South Carolina Department of Corrections – Lt. Travis Pressley and Ben Boyd – said how Jones got clean after processing and housing in a room and how he killed the children.
"Together with you and the whole world, I found out what happened to my children, and in retrospect, the mother in me was to fry him, to fry him, but from the beginning I said – – me I am not a capital punishment – I am firmly convinced that there is no death penalty, "said Kyzer.
Others have asked the jury to spare his life
Kyzer said she did not want her husband's family to feel the pain of losing a son, like she did it.
"If I could tear his face off personally, I would," she told the affiliate. I do not wish the Jones family what I felt for the loss of my sons.
She told the jury about the alleged abuse she suffered when she was married to Jones, sometimes in the presence of her children, describing how he spat at her, headbutted her and threatened to hack her.  Next to Kyzer, Jones & # 39; grandmother and his father asked the jury not to sentence him to death.