Father 'mercilessly' kills five children, mother asks court to not execute him; says 'my kids loved him'
Kashmir News Trust Web Desk
Columbia: A South Carolina court earlier this month found a man guilty of killing his five children at his home in 2014. However, in a shocking twist in the gruesome case, his former wife and mother of the five slain kids left the courtroom shocked on Tuesday when she pleaded for the murderer to be spared from the death penalty.
An emotional Amber Kyrez broke down in tears as she testified in the murder trial against her ex-husband Timothy Jones Jr.
“He did not show my children any mercy by any means. But my kids loved him and if I’m speaking on behalf of my kids and not myself, that’s what I have to say," Kyzer said as she requested the jury to spare the life of her children's killer.
However, during the cross-examination by prosecutor Suzanne Mayes, the mother said that she would respect "whatever the jury decides."
On June 4, a jury convicted 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr of five counts of murder for killing his young children - in the ages 1 to 8 years - at his home in Lexington in August 2014. The same jurors have been tasked to decide if Jones Jr. should be sent to the gallows or if he should be sentenced to life in prison with no parole.
During the hearing for his sentencing, the mother of the kids said that even though she had asked for clemency for the convict, there were moments in the trial when she wanted to hurt him.
“I hear what my kids went through and what they endured. And as a mother, if I could personally rip his face off I would. That’s the mom in me. That’s the mama bear,” Kyzer told the court on Tuesday.
Talking directly to her ex-husband, she said, “Nothing justifies what you have done to our babies. But they loved you. I loved you…I hope for mercy for you.”
In August 2014, Timothy Jones Jr. lost his cool at his six-year-old son Nahtahn, who broke a power outlet at home. He killed the boy by making him exercise for hours after which the child collapsed and died.
In his confession, Jones Jr claimed that he thought his young son was "trying to attack him by conspiring with his ex-wife,” news agency AP reported.
Several hours later after Nahtahn died, Jones Jr decided to kill the remaining four children. He strangulated 8-year-old Merah and 7-year-old Elias with his hands. He choked 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail to death using his belt as his hands were too big for them, the agency reported.
After the murder, the father drove around with the children's bodies in his car for over a week before burying the bodies in a rural hillside in Alabama, Metro.co.uk quoted the authorities as saying.
Timothy Jones Jr pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, with his defense counsel claiming that he broke down mentally after his wife Amber left him. However, the jury did not believe the reasoning and did not grant him any leniency on the basis of any mental health issues.