Death penalty trial set for dad charged with killing 5 kids
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the death penalty trial of a father who police said killed his five young children in their South Carolina home.
Authorities say after 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr. killed his children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014, he drove their bodies around for a week, burying them in Alabama and then being arrested in Mississippi.
Jones is charged with five counts of murder. Jury selection begins Monday in Lexington County and should last several days.
Court records show defense attorneys plan an insanity defense for Jones.
Department of Social Services records say Jones had custody of the children, but was struggling to properly care for them and do his job as a computer engineer.