Tuesday 23 July 2019

Father who murdered his five children sentenced to death in US court

Timothy Jones Jr (Jeff Blake/The State/AP)
Timothy Jones Jr (Jeff Blake/The State/AP)
Timothy Ray Jones Jr is accused of murdering his five children (AP)

Associated Press Reporters

An American man has been sentenced to death for killing his five children.

The jury unanimously agreed on the death penalty for 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr over the murders of his children, aged one to eight, in their Lexington, South Carolina home in August 2014.

Nahthan Jones. Reuters/Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters
Nahthan Jones. Reuters/Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters
Abigail Elizabeth Jones . Reuters/Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters
Merah Gracie Jones. Reuters/Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters
Gabriel Jones. Reuters/Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters
Elias Jones. Reuters/Lexington County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters

Jones admitted he exercised six-year-old Nathan until he collapsed and died, then several hours later decided to kill the other four children.

Jones confessed he strangled eight-year-old Merah and seven-year-old Elias with his hands, and used a belt to choke two-year-old Gabriel and one-year-old Abigail because his hands were too big.

Jones drove around with the bodies for nine days before dumping them in five rubbish bags in Alabama.

Although Jones is heading to death row, South Carolina has not executed an inmate since 2011.

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