A South Carolina father convicted of killing his five children in 2014 was sentenced to death on Thursday.
A Lexington County jury found Timothy Jones Jr. guilty on Tuesday of five homicides. 8th; Elijah, 7; Seam, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Abigail Elaine, 1. The same jury announced the death sentence Thursday after less than two hours of deliberation. [Jones] strangled four of his children, two with a belt and two with his hands, and at the same time was the cause of death for Seaman Unclear.
SOUTH CAROLINA MAN KILLING 5 CHILDREN HAVE NOT DEATH MURDER EX-WOMAN TALKING JURY 28, 2014 after Seaman had broken a power outlet. In a fit of rage, Jones decided to punish the boy by forcing the six-year-old to do strenuous physical activity. Pathologists suspected that the child was dehydrated and died. Jones admitted to killing the other four children so that all five could go to heaven together.
After Jones killed the children, he loaded their bodies in his SUV and drove through the southeastern United States for nine days before packing them into five black garbage bags dirt road near Camden, Ala, dumped. He was arrested hours later, after an officer at a traffic control point in Smith County, Miss., Had smelled a horrible smell of decomposition.
Prosecutors took pictures showing what was in their pockets but did not show them a jury. The jury may decide to see them during the deliberations, if they wish.
"If you have doubts about the proper sentence for this man [Jones] look in your pocket!" Prosecutor Rock Hubbard said during his final altercation.
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Jones & # 39; defense team argued that he should receive a parole without parental support with the support of the children. Amber Kyzer, Jones & # 39; ex-wife, said during the Tuesday punishment that her children loved her father and did not want to see him die. Jones's grandmother, his father, and his siblings asked the siblings to save his life.
Lawyer Casey Secor asked during Thursday's final clashes. "How many more funerals must this family go to, how many more tears must they shed, how much more distress do they have to endure?"
Jones & # 39; father dropped his head in his hands as the verdict read, and other family members seemed to cry.
Jones, 37, is sent on death row, although South Carolina has not executed any inmates since 2011 because the state lacks the medication to perform a lethal injection.