A South Carolina father who killed his five children with his own hands and then drove around with his body in his truck for nine days was sentenced to death.
Timothy Jones Jr. showed no emotion when the jury pronounced the unanimous verdict after less than two hours of deliberation on Thursday.
Jury members could also have sentenced him to life without conditional release.
The same Lexington County jury condemned Jones last week in five of the murders last week in the deaths of his children aged 1 to 8 in their Lexington home in August 2014.
Prosecutors had insisted on the death penalty, but several members of the Jones family – including the mother of the five children – had called on the jury to save his life.
Jones & father put his head in his hands while the verdict was read and other family members seemed to cry.
Timothy Jones Jr. was sentenced to death on Thursday for killing his five children in 2014 in South Carolina
In his confession to the authorities, Jones admitted killing his six-year-old son Nahtahn by killing the boy as a punishment after refusing to admit that he had switched a power outlet.
Jones didn't call 911 when he found his son dead and opted to watch a prison rape scene from a movie on his cellphone instead.
A few hours later, Jones said he decided to kill the other children, 8-year-old Merah and 7-year-old Elias squirmed with his hands and used a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail. because his hands were too big.
He took refuge with his children's bodies in his SUV for several days before dumping them in garbage bags on a hill in Alabama.
Prosecutor Rock Hubbard told jurors in his final statement earlier Thursday that if any jurors doubted whether Jones deserved the death penalty, all they had to do is consider the five garbage bags where he dumped their bodies.
But a Jones lawyer told jurors that they could only show mercy – if it wasn't for a father who killed five children with his own hands, then for a family that has seen so much death and still loves Jones, even through prison bars.
Jones is the second person to be sent to South Carolina death row in five years. The state has not executed anyone since 2011 because it lacks the medicine to perform a deadly injection.
Hubbard started his final argument by asking whether the jurors had ever heard of a crime that was more terrible than what they listened to during four weeks of testimony.
Jones, 37, has been selfish all his life and tried to break his father's second marriage because he didn't get enough attention and controlled his wife's decisions, prosecutors said.
Jones strangled his eight-year-old daughter Merah in 2014, despite her pleas & Daddy I love you & # 39; in a murderous robbery where he had seen five of his children killed
Jones admitted killing his six-year-old son Nahtahn (right) by killing the boy as a punishment after refusing to admit that he had switched a power outlet. Hours later, he killed 7-year-old Elias with his hands
Jones used a belt to strangle one-year-old Abigail (left) and two-year-old Gabriel (right) because his hands were too big
When she left him, Jones couldn't believe his check was over. With custody of his children, he abused one of them who expressed some intention of wanting to be with their mother instead of with him, Hubbard said.
Jones first killed the 6-year-old son Nahtahn in a & # 39; white hot anger & # 39; after the boy confessed his mother, but not to his father, to break through a power outlet.
The next couple of hours, Jones went to get cigarettes and took his eldest daughter so she wouldn't ask for help, leaving the other three children with their brother's body.
Then he made a decision, the prosecutor said.
& # 39; He has done what you are going to do. He consulted. & # 39; I am a one-man jury and I have life or death in front of me. & # 39; He sentenced his children to death, & Hubbard said.
Jones said in a confession that he had strangled seven-year-old Elias with his hands and had followed after eight-year-old Merah before she had smeared her. He then used a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail.
That deserves death and not life, Hubbard said.
A lifelong & # 39; s just sending Timmy to his room, making him think about what he did & # 39 ;, said Hubbard.
After killing the children, Jones loaded their bodies into his SUV and drove around in the Southeast American states for nine days before dumping them in five black garbage bags on a dirt road near Camden, Alabama. He was arrested hours later after an officer at a traffic control post in Smith County, Mississippi, said he smelled a terrible odor of dissolution.
Hubbard ended his closing argument with those bags. Prosecutors introduced photos to show what was in the bags, but did not submit them to the jury. Jury members could choose to look at them during deliberations if they so wished.
& # 39; If you have any doubts about the right hat man, look in the bag! & # 39; Hubbard said.
The defense focused on what his lawyers, undiagnosed schizophrenia, exacerbated by drug and alcohol use. Jury members rejected their arguments last week that Jones was not guilty due to insanity or guilt, but mentally ill.
During his final argument on Thursday, attorney-lawyer Casey Secor focused instead on how much Jones is loved by his family, even after the murders.
His grandmother, father, and brothers and sisters asked all jury members to save his life.
& # 39; How much more death does the Jones family have to endure? How many more funerals does this family need? How many more tears do they have to shed? How much more sadness do they have to endure? & # 39; Secor said.
The children's mother also said that she would not choose the death penalty for Jones because she was against the death penalty, but would respect the jury's decision.
Secor said that according to the law, any jury member could decide on life for whatever reason or for whatever reason.
& # 39; You can severely punish Tim with a sentence for life in prison without the possibility of conditional release and be gracious to those who still love these children, & # 39; Secor said.
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