The father of the man from Kentucky, who is on trial for killing his five children, said he believes his son in the equivalent of a & # 39; cult & # 39; stood and not & # 39; worthy & # 39; was to have children.
Timothy Jones Sr. took the floor on Wednesday to testify against his son Timothy Jones Jr.
Jones reportedly killed his sons Nahtahn, Elias and Gabriel, and daughters Merah and Abigail in 2014. If sentenced, he could risk the death penalty.
He made known the murders of strokes and strangleholds in a filmed police interview after his arrest, but did not plead guilty for insanity.
Timothy Jones Sr. testified that his son changed after being imprisoned for a year for possession of cocaine, burglary, and car theft.
Timothy Jones Sr., the father of the man from Kentucky who is on trial for killing his five children, said he believes his son in the equivalent of a & # 39; cult & # 39; sat and that he & # 39; not worthy & # 39; was to have children
Timothy Jones Jr. (pictured left in court last Wednesday) allegedly killed his sons Nahtahn, Elias and Gabriel, and daughters Merah and Abigail in 2014
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.
He remembered that he once caught his son scourging Merah before he started preaching her.
Timothy Jones Sr. also revealed that he begged his son not to marry Amber Kyzer because he felt that Jones was not in the right place to marry. He also did not believe that Kyzer or Jones & # 39; worthy & # 39; were to raise children.
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 ;.
Timothy Jones Sr. said he believed his son was in the equivalent of a & # 39; sect & # 39; because he became deeply religious. He remembered that he once came in when his son hit his daughter before he started preaching her
Jones is said to have killed his six-year-old son, Nahtahn (photo), after the child broke a power outlet, which allowed the father to break
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
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.
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.
Joy Lorick was also hired, a former babysitter for the family who traveled with them to Disney World and Myrtle Beach. Lorick said she had seen Jones beat his children during the trip
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
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. 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.
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
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;
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.
& # 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
Jnes became emotional during his trial last Wednesday and wiped tears from his eyes
& # 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.
The therapist, who had more than a dozen sessions with Jones, said the five-year-old told her 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 would then have strangled his son Elias, seven, with his eight year old daughter Merah, whom he had also strangled, together with his two year old son Gabriel and 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 tape confession to the police that was played in court earlier in court.
In her testimony on Friday, the marriage therapist stated that Jones once asked 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 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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