A Kentucky jury discussing the fate of a man accused of murdering his five children has heard testimony from a preacher who revealed that the Defendant Timothy Jones & # 39; in tongues & # 39; prayed and believed that the wife of the clergyman was trying to seduce him.
Jones is on trial for the 2014 murders of his sons, Nahtahn, Elias and Gabriel, and daughters, Merah and Abigail. If he is convicted, he can get the death penalty.
Jones announced the murders of strokes and strangleholds in a filmed police interview after his arrest, but did not plead guilty for madness.
The prosecutor explained his case on Wednesday after calling more than 30 witnesses, including Jones' ex-wife and the mother of the victims, Amber Kyzer, who broke into tears in the position and exclaimed: & # 39; O god , my baby & # 39; s. & # 39;
Timothy Jones Jr. is being demonstrated in court Friday during his death penalty in Kentucky for the murder of his five children in 2014
Timothy Jones Jr. defeated his six-year-old son, Nahtahn (photo), after the child broke a power outlet, causing the father to panic
Jones then used a belt to strangle one-year-old 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
On Friday, the 18 jury members sit in the verdict of Jones heard from Reverend Micah Sutton, who was officer of the defendant's wedding with Kyzer officer in 2004, reported the Greenville News.
Jones joined Sutton & # 39; s Pentecostal Church in suburban Chicago in 2003 after the defendant had finished serving a year in prison on charges of cocaine possession, burglary, and car theft.
& # 39; I joked with my wife that we had a church of 25 and that Tim was the only one who could upset anyone, & # 39; Sutton told the court.
Sutton described Jones as a devout Christian who could freely quote from the Scriptures, and who used his deep knowledge of the Bible to win arguments with other members of the congregation.
The pastor described his former congregant as a disruptive force that had no sense of boundaries.
According to Sutton's testimony, Jones came to tell him one day that the dress and manner of speaking about the preacher's wife indicated she was trying to seduce him.
Jones's grandmother, Roberta Thornsberry (left and right), took the position of the defense and spoke of his traumatic childhood as the son of a schizophrenic mother
& # 39; I explained to him that my wife is an extremely introverted person, & # 39; said Sutton.
Sutton also noted that Jones occasionally told him: & # 39; it looks like there is a monster in my attempt to get out. & # 39;
In addition to witnessing was the couple's therapist, April Hames, who wrote a sworn statement at the request of Jones in 2013, recommending that he get custody of the children of him and Kyzer during their divorce proceedings.
Hames described Jones as an intelligent and loving father who appreciated good education. 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.
Hames, who had more than a dozen sessions with Jones, said the father of five told her that he was a conservative and old-fashioned person who believed in beating children.
& # 39; He said beating and corporal punishment were medicine for their sick bodies, & # 39; Hames told the witness stand.
Jones is accused of beating his six-year-old son, Nahtahn, for breaking a power outlet.
He then strangled his son Elias, seven, with his hands, for his eight-year-old daughter Merah, whom he also strangled, along with his two-year-old son Gabriel and a one-year-old daughter Abigail.
Thornsberry said her former daughter-in-law Cynthia (pictured at the far left) was as nutty as a fruitcake or a bed mite & # 39;
The last words of both sisters to their father were: & # 39; I love you, & # 39; according to Jones & # 39; video-pasted confession to the police that was previously played in court.
In her testimony on Friday, the marriage counselor stated that Jones would one day ask not to wear heels during their sessions.
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.
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.
Jones, pictured in police custody in September 2014, was arrested after driving his SUV for days with his children
& # 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.
A public prosecutor responded by pointing out that, despite the trauma, Jones could obtain a degree in computer technology and get a job at Intel.
Jones's grandmother added that he was the first in the family to graduate and described him as always smarter than his cousins and classmates.
Thornsberry said that Jones had come to her home a few weeks before the murder, soaked in sweat and she felt something was wrong, but she didn't know what.
The grandmother told the court that she was trying to convince Jones to keep his two youngest children under her care, but he refused and said to her: & # 39; Grandma, I can't be without my baby & # 39; s 39;
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 insisted that she had known then that her great-grandchildren were in danger, that she had not let her grandson leave with them.
Jones was arrested after a few days on the run with the bodies in the back of his SUV. When he was interrogated by the police on the camera, Jones claimed he believed he had to kill his children because he thought they were playing against him.
He said he had thought of killing them before, but never acted.
With the bodies in his truck, he then drove around for a few days, stopped at the Dollar General stores and bought supplies with the intention of burning them.
The police found a list in his car with a note with the text: & # 39; Melt bodies! Sand bones to dust or small pieces. & # 39;
He tried to cut Nahtahn's leg, but couldn't get himself to do it, so he put the bodies in garbage bags and left them on a hill in Camden, Alabama.
Before he was arrested, Jones made $ 500 and planned to go to Las Vegas to gamble.
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