Tim Jones, Jr. wipes his eyes whereas listening to his grandmother testify throughout the sentencing part of his trial in Lexington, S.C., Monday, June 10, 2019. Timothy Jones, Jr. was discovered responsible of killing his 5 younger kids in 2014. (Tracy Glantz/The State by way of AP, Pool) The Related Press
By JEFFREY COLLINS, Related Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The daddy and grandmother of a person who killed his 5 kids requested a jury on Monday to spare his life for the slayings as a result of their household has seen a lot demise and disappointment.
Roberta Thornsberry testified that together with shedding her 5 great-grandchildren after Timothy Jones Jr. killed them of their Lexington residence in 2014, she has additionally needed to cope with premature deaths of different kids and grandchildren.
Protection lawyer Casey Secor requested her if the jury ought to sentence her grandson to demise for killing her 5 great-grandchildren.
“No, God no. I love him. Our family has been through enough. I don’t think we can take any more. This has broken us so bad I think that would be the final nail in the coffin,” Thornsberry stated, wiping tears from her eyes.
Later Monday, Timothy Jones Sr. additionally urged the jury to spare his son’s life, taking off his gown shirt and tie to indicate the jury tattoos of all 5 of his grandchildren’s faces masking his again.
Earlier, he testified how he had torn down the pool he in-built his yard for the grandchildren to play in after protection legal professionals at trial had confirmed a house film of him holding the oldest two in floaties.
“I feel more responsible than anyone,” Jones Sr. stated of the murders of his 5 grandchildren by the hands of his son.
The identical jury that convicted Jones Jr., 37, of 5 counts of homicide final week is deciding his sentence. They need to unanimously select the demise penalty or Jones mechanically will get life in jail with out parole.
Thornsberry talked about how Jones Jr. was largely blissful as a toddler. She recognized her 5 great-grandchildren from a photograph of all of them within the mattress throughout a go to to her home.
Jones’ legal professionals try to get the jury to have mercy on Jones by displaying how his execution would simply proceed the heartache his household has endured.
Prosecutor Shawn Graham reminded Thornsberry of her testimony earlier than Jones was convicted, by which she stated he was egocentric as a result of he was an solely little one. Then, in a tender voice, he requested her if she heard testimony from Jones’ confession about how the older kids begged for his or her lives or stated they cherished their dad as he strangled them.
She cried and quietly agreed.
Jones confessed he exercised 6-year-old Nahtahn till he collapsed and died, then a number of hours later determined to kill the opposite 4 kids . Jones stated he strangled Eight-year-old Merah and 7-year-old Elias along with his fingers and used a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail as a result of his fingers had been too large.
Earlier Monday, protection legal professionals known as two jail guards who stated Jones has been a mannequin prisoner in his practically 5 years behind bars, ignoring horrible issues stated by different prisoners after they found who he was and what he had executed.
Additionally they known as psychiatrist Donna Maddox who has handled Jones and stated his schizophrenia is getting worse, taking away his outward feelings and his intelligence.
When he killed his kids, Jones was a pc engineer making $80,000 a 12 months. Now he’s scoring beneath common on quite a lot of intelligence checks, Maddox stated.
Jurors have heard practically 4 weeks of coronary heart wrenching testimony within the case, from the mom of the kids breaking down in sobs that she did not do extra to assist her youngsters to academics who stated they’ve nightmares and might nonetheless see the kids they taught within the halls of their college.
Jones’ personal father testified he feared his son would break down mentally as a result of his mom has been in a psychological establishment with schizophrenia for greater than 20 years and a courtroom appointed psychiatrist testified Jones psychological issues got here from artificial marijuana, not a dysfunction in his mind.
The trial is being livestreamed from the Lexington County courthouse.
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