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Timothy Jones Jr. was sentenced to death in June by a South Carolina jury for the murder of his five young children in 2014

Timothy Jones Jr. was sentenced to death in June by a South Carolina jury for the murder of his five young children in 2014

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Timothy Jones Jr. was sentenced to death in June by a South Carolina jury for the murder of his five young children in 2014

Jury members traumatized by the trial of Timothy Jones Jr., a father who killed his five young children, told how they believe his six-year-old son spoke to them from the grave by one of his most beloved toys.

When a prosecutor handed over a Woody doll from Toy Story to the South Carolina jurors, they heard: & boy, how happy I am to see you. & # 39;

The judges were shocked and concerned about the haunting message they believed from little Nahtahn, 6, who was told during the trial last June that she loved Woody & # 39; above all else & # 39 ;, South Carolina & # 39; s The state newspaper.

Members of a South Carolina jury that Timothy Jones Jr. sentenced to death for the murder of his five children, including Nahtahn, 6, pictured above, said the child sent them a message when they inspected one of his most appreciated toys during his father's trial

Members of a South Carolina jury that Timothy Jones Jr. sentenced to death for the murder of his five children, including Nahtahn, 6, pictured above, said the child sent them a message when they inspected one of his most appreciated toys during his father's trial

Members of a South Carolina jury that Timothy Jones Jr. sentenced to death for the murder of his five children, including Nahtahn, 6, pictured above, said the child sent them a message when they inspected one of his most appreciated toys during his father's trial

A & # 39; Woody & # 39; sheriff pop from the beloved & # 39; Toy Story & # 39; movies shredded by Jones to torture his son Nahtahn was still in operation when it was passed on to jurors who walked back when they heard a recording of the toy say: & # 39; Boy, am I happy to see you & # 39;
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A & # 39; Woody & # 39; sheriff pop from the beloved & # 39; Toy Story & # 39; movies shredded by Jones to torture his son Nahtahn was still in operation when it was passed on to jurors who walked back when they heard a recording of the toy say: & # 39; Boy, am I happy to see you & # 39;

A & # 39; Woody & # 39; sheriff pop from the beloved & # 39; Toy Story & # 39; movies shredded by Jones to torture his son Nahtahn was still in operation when it was passed on to jurors who walked back when they heard a recording of the toy say: & # 39; Boy, am I happy to see you & # 39;

Jury members heard during the trial that Jones, a divorced software engineer, had saved the worst torture for Nahtahn. The child was forced to do military exercises until he fell dead from deadly exhaustion as a punishment for breaking an outlet and reporting to his mother, not his father, in August 2014.

Jones, whose lawyers portrayed him as a victim of restless upbringing and struggling with undiagnosed schizophrenia while drinking and using drugs after his divorce, took the following hours to carry out the rest of the murders.

They were the images of the horrific murders that traumatized jurors months after the trial, they say.

& # 39; I think about it every day, & # 39; said a 52-year-old woman to the state.

Only identified by the initials, L.A., the woman served as a substitute judge until she was excused by the end of the trial.

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& # 39; Many times during the trial, I went to the jury's bathroom and moaned – my eyes screamed, & # 39; she said.

Until now, jury members have not discussed the difficulties of passing the trial. Some say they believe they have endured some of the most poignant testimonies ever given in a South Carolina courtroom.

Even veteran agents and journalists sitting in the courtroom fought the tears and could barely watch while horrific evidence was presented during the trial.

The impact on the jury varied from life-changing to pure trauma.

A jury member who works at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine was one of the less fortunate and said he only thinks about it occasionally. It has not affected me as it has others. & # 39;

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Most others say they can't shake off some of the horrific images, including repeated testimonies from law enforcement officials about & # 39; the smell of death & # 39; of the dissolving bodies of the Jones children who caused flashbacks.

& # 39; I smoke death in Bosnia and since then I have had nightmares about it & # 39 ;, said a 50-year-old woman who participated in graves of mass war crimes in Bosnia.

Jones strangled his eight-year-old daughter Merah (above) despite her plea & # 39; Daddy I love you & # 39; in a murderous rampage that also led to the murders of his other children

Jones strangled his eight-year-old daughter Merah (above) despite her plea & # 39; Daddy I love you & # 39; in a murderous rampage that also led to the murders of his other children

Jones also admitted to the authorities that he strangled his 7-year-old boy Elias

Jones also admitted to the authorities that he strangled his 7-year-old boy Elias

Jones strangled his eight-year-old daughter Merah (left) despite her plea & # 39; Daddy I love you & # 39; in a murderous outburst. Also strangled was Elias, 7, (right)

Jones said he had to use a belt to strangle 2-year-old Gabriel (above) and his sister Abigail, 1, because his hands were too big
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Jones said he had to use a belt to strangle 2-year-old Gabriel (above) and his sister Abigail, 1, because his hands were too big

Jones & # 39; youngest children, Abigail, 1, (above) and Gabriel, 2, were strangled with a belt because their father said his hands were too big to carry out their horrific murders

Jones & # 39; youngest children, Abigail, 1, (above) and Gabriel, 2, were strangled with a belt because their father said his hands were too big to carry out their horrific murders

Jones confessed that he had to use a belt to strangle his youngest children, 2-year-old Gabriel (left) and Abigail, 1, (right) because his hands were too large to carry out their horrific murders

The jury said she was so upset that she had to seek therapy and counseling at a local Veterans Administration Center.

The Jones trial & # 39; brought it back as it was yesterday & # 39; she said, referring to war experiences.

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A 39-year-old woman in Lexington County, who was the foreman of the jury, said she came home to her loving family and gave up. My husband says: & # 39; What are you doing? You don't cry, & the woman said.

After jury members had pronounced their verdict for death, Judge Eugene Griffith spent time with them to say thanks and hear them. Jury members also received information about where to ask for advice to help them cope with what they had learned about the sad fate of Jones & # 39; children.

After Nahtahn's death, Jones left the trailer where he and the kids lived in Lexington, South Carolina, to buy cigarettes, and brought his daughter Merah so she wouldn't ask for help.

The three remaining children were left with the dead body of their brother.

That's when he & # 39; sentenced his children to death & # 39 ;, prosecutor Rick Hubbard told the judges.

Jones admitted that he had strangled his seven-year-old son Elias and Merah, 8, despite the young girl who begged him: & # 39; Dad, I love you. & # 39;

Jones (above), according to his lawyers, was the victim of a restless upbringing and also struggled with undiagnosed schizophrenia while drinking and using drugs after divorcing the mother from his children, whom he admitted to murder

Jones (above), according to his lawyers, was the victim of a restless upbringing and also struggled with undiagnosed schizophrenia while drinking and using drugs after divorcing the mother from his children, whom he admitted to murder

Jones (above), according to his lawyers, was the victim of a restless upbringing and also struggled with undiagnosed schizophrenia while drinking and using drugs after divorcing the mother from his children, whom he admitted to murder

After killing the children, Jones (above) loaded their bodies into his SUV and drove around in the Southeast US for nine days before throwing them in five black garbage bags on a dirt road near Camden, Alabama. He was arrested hours later at a traffic control post in Mississippi

After killing the children, Jones (above) loaded their bodies into his SUV and drove around in the Southeast US for nine days before throwing them in five black garbage bags on a dirt road near Camden, Alabama. He was arrested hours later at a traffic control post in Mississippi

After killing the children, Jones (above) loaded their bodies into his SUV and drove around in the Southeast US for nine days before throwing them in five black garbage bags on a dirt road near Camden, Alabama. He was arrested hours later at a traffic control post in Mississippi

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The murderous father said he also used a belt to strangle his one-year-old Abigail and two-year-old Gabriel because his hands were too big.

After the unspeakable actions, Jones loaded their bodies into his SUV and drove around in the Southeast US for nine days before throwing 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.

Authorities merged the case using Jones & # 39; own confession to the police, bizarre web searches on his smartphone and handwritten notes in his SUV nine days after the murders.

Prosecutors ended his final argument with those bags.

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They had submitted photos to show what was in the bags, but did not show them to the jury. Jury members could choose to view them during the deliberation if they wanted to.

& # 39; If in doubt about the correct sentence for that man, look in the bag! & # 39; Hubbard said.

During the trial, family members told them to mourn the deaths of the five children and begged the jury to save the death penalty.

& # 39; How much more death must the Jones family undergo? How many more funerals does this family have to go to? How many tears do they have to shed? How much more sadness do they have to endure? & # 39; Jones & # 39; defense lawyer Casey Secor said during the trial.

Even his ex-wife, Amber Kyzer, who divorced Jones after discovering that she was having an affair with a teenager while pregnant with their last child, took the position to ask that he was not sentenced to death.

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In the end, Jones showed no emotion, as the jury unanimously pronounced the verdict on June 13, after less than two hours of consultation, sentencing him to death.

The panel spent life without conditional release.

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