Father claims that a & # 39; gremlin voice & # 39; in his head has caused him to kill his five children
A man from Kentucky who was sentenced to death for killing his five children claimed to have a & # 39; creepy, diabolical, gremlinist voice & # 39; heard who told him to kill them.
The psychiatrist appointed by the Court. Richard Frierson took the position on Thursday against the trial against Timothy Jones Jr. in South Carolina.
Jones reportedly killed his sons Nahtahn, Elias and Gabriel, and daughters Merah and Abigail on August 28, 2014 and then drove their bodies in his SUV for days.
Dr. Frierson claimed that Jones had found his son Nahtahn, 6, in bed and then went to a supermarket to buy cigarettes, Greenville News reported.
Earlier that night, an angry Jones had punished Nahtahn by having him do physical exercises to the point that the child died, he told the police.
On the way back from the store, he heard the demonic voice of a & # 39; creepy gremlin & # 39; who told him to kill his other four children, and claimed that it would be better for them to die rather than be left with their mother if he went to jail to kill Nahtahn.
The psychiatrist appointed by the judiciary Richard Frierson claimed that a father on trial for murdering his five children has a & # 39; gremlin voice & # 39; heard him tell him to do it, and took a cannabiniod called Spice that could have contributed to the capricious behavior of Frierson
Timothy Jones Jr. (pictured left in court last Wednesday) allegedly killed his sons Nahtahn, Elias and Gabriel, and daughters Merah and Abigail in 2014
He then returned to his mobile home in the Red Bank community in Lexington County and strangled Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Gabriel, 2; and Abigail Elaine, 1, according to Jones & # 39; confession to the police.
& # 39; He heard a demonic voice, a creepy, gremlinist voice that said to him: & # 39; Kill the children. & # 39; He described the voices as being in his head, very briefly. & # 39;
Jones said he believed that if he went to jail for killing Nahtahn, the four remaining children would be left alone because their mother & # 39; did not want them & # 39; and it was better that they die.
& # 39; I knew I had schizophrenia. I was psychotic, & Jones later told Frierson during a mental health evaluation.
& # 39; I thought it was better for me to take their lives. I cut off their windpipe, kissed them and cost me their lives. . . I'm not a killer. I'd rather know where they are, & he said.
He has not pleaded guilty to their murders for insanity. Frierson's findings were at odds with the earlier defense's assertion that Jones was deceptive and schizophrenic.
They claimed that he & # 39; not right and wrong & # 39; knew at the time of murder and had no control over his actions.
Frierson added: & He made a decision in a conscious decision to kill them. He felt morally justified in his own way, which is not knowing that it is morally wrong to do so. & # 39;
Jones punished his son Nahtahn, 6, (photo), by having him do physical exercises until he died and then go to a supermarket to buy cigarettes, he would have told the police
Jones then used a belt to strangle his one-year-old daughter Abigail (left) and two-year-old Gabriel (right)
Eight-year-old Merah (left) saw her father kill her seven-year-old brother Elias (right) and then strangle herself
Trial Judge Eugene & # 39; Bubba & # 39; Griffith appointed Frierson as an independent examiner to evaluate Jones' mental condition.
Jones' mental state is vital for the jury to consider when issuing a verdict, according to Greenville News.
Jones, 37, a former software and computer engineer at Intel, & # 39; clearly knew moral and legal rights to moral and legal injustice & # 39; when he killed his five children, Frierson claimed.
He did not identify Jones as schizophrenic. He claimed, however, that Jones, on the night he had killed his children, used substantial amounts of a potentially mind-expanding drug, popularly known as Spice, or cannabiniod, a synthetic form of marijuana.
In the same month that the children were killed, the Ministry of Social Affairs received a call that Jones (pictured during his trial) only gave his five children a 20-piece McNugget meal that he had split for dinner
In the month prior to the murders, he spent $ 230 on Spice, according to Jones' credit card receipts.
He said: & # 39; He used incredible amounts of Spice. He says up to five times a day. At work, he went outside during breaks to use Spice. & # 39;
Frierson said he diagnosed Jones with a & # 39; substance-induced psychotic disorder of Spice. & # 39;
& # 39; I think Spice has made an incredible contribution to what happened, & # 39; Frierson testified, explaining that Jones' use of the drug gave him paranoid thoughts. & # 39; He was paranoid, yes. & # 39;
But, Frierson testified, & # 39; voluntary use of drugs is not a defense & # 39; in a criminal case.
Timothy Jones Sr. told the court earlier this week that he believed his son in the equivalent of a & # 39; cult & # 39; sat and that he & # 39; not worthy & # 39; was to have children
Timothy Jones Sr. said he believed his son became deeply religious. He remembered that he once came in when his son hit his daughter before he started preaching her
Prosecutors said that Jones had loaded the children's bodies into his SUV, drove around the southeast and searched the internet for hiding places in landfills and countries that had extradition agreements with the US.
Eventually Jones left the bodies behind, each in his own garbage bag, in a vast Alabama forest, about a week after the murders. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested during a routine road safety check in Mississippi.
The lawsuit heard that Jones made nearly $ 70,000 a year when he moved to Lexington County and started working at Intel.
He then moved his family to a derelict mobile home in Lexington because he wanted them to experience rural life.
Joy Lorick, a former family babysitter who traveled with them to Disney World and Myrtle Beach, said she saw Jones beat his children during the trip
He hoped he could raise goats, chickens, and other farm animals and wanted & # 39; space & # 39 ;, Frierson testified.
The day before, the trial was heard from Timothy Jones Sr., who claimed that his son changed after being imprisoned for a year for possession of cocaine, burglary, and car theft.
Shortly after his release in 2003, Jones joined a Pentecostal church in Chicago.
Timothy Jones Sr. said he believed his son was in the equivalent of a & # 39; sect & # 39; because he became deeply religious.
Timothy Jones Sr. also revealed that he begged his son not to marry the child's mother, Amber Kyzer, because he didn't think Jones was in the right place to marry. He also did not believe that Kyzer or Jones & # 39; worthy & # 39; were to raise children.
Chrystal Ballentine testified that she started babysitting for Jones just after turning 17 and soon became his live-in girlfriend. She claimed she could hear him knocking with his children through the walls of their house
Jones & father said that his son's religious beliefs caused ongoing problems with the children.
Timothy Jones Sr. said he had always feared that his son would turn out just like his mother, who is now in a psychiatric institution.
& # 39; It came out, & # 39; said Timothy Jones Sr., adding that when he was sitting in an interview with investigators after Jones' arrest, it was & # 39; it wasn't my son & # 39 ;.
Joy Lorick was also hired, a former babysitter for the family who traveled with them to Disney World and Myrtle Beach.
Lorick said she witnessed beating Jones, Nahntahn, six, and Gabriel, two, with a belt on the Disney trip, which took place just a few weeks before they and their siblings were killed.
Jnes became emotional during his trial last Wednesday and wiped tears from his eyes
She said the children also begged her not to tell Jones when she fed them, because then he wouldn't feed them, according to WAIT.
Lorick could not hold back the tears when she revealed how she would give the children oatmeal and later she asked her friend Christina Ehlke, who also worked as a babysitter for the family, to feed the siblings.
In the same month that the children were killed, the Ministry of Social Affairs received a phone call saying that Jones was only giving his five children a 20-part McNugget meal that he had split for dinner.
Lorick said that Jones believed that & # 39; women should be seen and not heard & # 39 ;.
She remembered the day Jones became furious when he noticed that someone had painted the fingernails of eight-year-old Mera & # 39; s because he said that women should wear long skirts and had no eye-catching accessories.
Thornsberry said her former daughter-in-law Cynthia (pictured at the far left) was as nutty as a fruitcake or a bed mite & # 39;
Lorick said Jones also let Gabriel eat alone if he didn't want to close his mouth to chew.
Chrystal Ballentine testified that she started babysitting for Jones just after turning 17 and soon became his live-in girlfriend.
She said he & # 39; over-angry & # 39; became small and did not try to calm himself down before he disciplined the children and claimed that she could hear him beating through the walls of their house.
Ballentine said her relationship with Jones started to sour when he started to check what she was wearing.
Jones, pictured in police custody in September 2014, was arrested after driving his SUV for days with his children
She said the last straw was when Jones looked like he was going to hit her daughter, who was less than a year old, when she had a drink while grabbing a table to try to walk.
Lorick had called the Department of Social Services in August 2014 after she saw that Eli had a black eye.
The babysitter told the court that she did not know that DSS had drawn up a safety plan that prohibited Jones from using corporal punishment for his children.
DSS Supervisor Sherry Henry said she made two separate security plans with Jones in May and August 2014.
Jones was reported in May after a teacher at the children's school reported that Nahtahn had come to school with bruises on his neck and arm.
The father told Jones that Nahtahn had a train set & # 39; destroyed & # 39; what he and Elias had been working on so that he had beaten & # 39; & # 39 ;.
The Prosecutor rested his case last Wednesday after calling more than 30 witnesses, including Kyzer, who broke tears in the stands and called & # 39; Oh God, my baby & # 39; s. & # 39;
She said he claimed that his estranged wife was unfaithful to him, that she was doing a bad job homeschooling their children, and that she did not want to participate in marriage counseling.
Also on Friday the jury heard from Jones's grandmother, Roberta Thornsberry, who raised herself as a witness for the defense. The Post and Courier.
After killing the children at their home (photo), the authorities said that Jones wrapped their bodies in plastic and put them in his SUV, aimlessly driving around the Southeast US for most of the nine days
Jones eventually left the children's bodies on a hilltop (pictured) in Camden, Alabama
Thornsberry spoke extensively about Jones' traumatic childhood, born of a woman she described as & # 39; as nutty as a fruitcake, or a bedbug & # 39 ;, reported WLXT.
Thornsberry said that her former daughter-in-law, Cynthia, her grandson, then known as Timmy, would dress in flannel shirts and jeans in 90 degrees heat, give him laxatives to cleanse his body and refrain from eating occasionally, say they don't have a & # 39; fat baby & # 39; wanted to.
& # 39; She didn't behave like a mother, & # 39; said Thornsberry. & # 39; He would scream and cry. She wouldn't let me in the door … Timmy lay in bed soaked in urine. & # 39;
By the time he was two and a half, Jones' mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a mental health institution and Thornsberry had custody of her grandson.
At the age of 15, Jones was involved in a car accident that caused him a traumatic brain injury.
Jury members heard from a neurophysiologist who said that Jones had a & # 39; deformed & # 39; and & # 39; broken & # 39; brain.
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