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CrimeDrama in court as SC mother of 5 slain children sobs during ex-husband's death penalty trial

17:15  21 may  2019
17:15  21 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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A dramatic scene unfolded in a South Carolina courtroom on Monday where a teary-eyed mother testified at the death penalty trial of her Her ex - husband , Timothy Jones Jr., is on trial for his life. He showed no emotion in footage of the trial being streamed from the Lexington County Courthouse.

The mother of five slain children fell into heaving sobs during the death penalty trial of her ex - husband . Tim Jones sits in court as his defense attorneys Rob Madsen, Casey Secor and Boyd Young confer during the trial of Tim Jones in Lexington, S .C., Monday, May 20, 2019.

Drama in court as SC mother of 5 slain children sobs during ex-husband's death penalty trial© Tracy Glantz/The State/Pool/AP Photo Amber Kyzer is helped out of the courtroom after breaking down on the witness stand while being questioned during the trial of her ex-husband, Tim Jones, in Columbia, S.C., Monday, May 20, 2019. Timothy Jones, Jr. is accused of killing their 5 young children in 2014. Jones, who faces the death penalty, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

A dramatic scene unfolded in a South Carolina courtroom on Monday where a teary-eyed mother testified at the death penalty trial of her ex-husband, who is charged with killing their five children in a blind rage.

A prosecutor asked Amber Kyzer to read a letter she’d written their oldest child, trying to comfort her over the divorce and the pain of being in a broken home.

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The mother of five slain children fell into heaving sobs during the death penalty trial of her ex - husband . The trial took a 30-minute break after Kyzer' s sobs , and defense lawyer Boyd Young asked her only a few questions. She said Jones was a good father while they were married, but he

Drama in court as SC mother of 5 slain children sobs during ex - husband ' s death penalty trial . A dramatic scene unfolded in a South Carolina courtroom on Monday where a teary-eyed mother testified at the death penalty trial of her ex - husband

"You kids are my world and Mommy and Daddy were really blessed to have you," Kyzer read on the witness stand while pausing and breaking into heaving sobs.

"Oh God. Oh God. My babies. My babies," Kyzer cried as the judge rushed to get the jury out of the courtroom.

Her ex-husband, Timothy Jones Jr., is on trial for his life. He showed no emotion in footage of the trial being streamed from the Lexington County Courthouse.

Jones, 37, is charged with five counts of murder. His lawyers are trying to have him found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Prosecutors said Jones killed their 6-year-old son in a rage after the boy broke an outlet in their home near Lexington in August 2014. Jones then strangled 8-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son with his hands and 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter with a belt, prosecutors said.

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Kyzer' s ex - husband on trial for his life, Timothy Jones Jr., stood up and looked at her, but showed no emotion in footage of the trial being livestreamed from the Lexington County Courthouse. Kyzer testified in the sixth day of Jones' death penalty trial . Jones, 37, is charged with five counts of murder.

Drama in court as SC mother of 5 slain children sobs during ex - husband ' s death penalty trial . A dramatic scene unfolded in a South Carolina courtroom on Monday where a teary-eyed mother testified at the death penalty trial of her ex - husband

Authorities said Jones wrapped their bodies in plastic and put them in his SUV, driving aimlessly around the Southeast U.S. before leaving their bodies on a hilltop. Jones was arrested at a Mississippi traffic checkpoint where an officer testified he recognized "the smell of death” coming from the car.

Kyzer said Jones was a good father while they were married, but he seemed to start having mental problems after they divorced.

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Jones' lawyers said in their opening statement that Jones' mother has been in a mental institution for 20 years and he had undiagnosed schizophrenia. They said Jones' thin grasp on reality was broken by his ex-wife's infidelity, the difficulty of raising five young children on his own and a feeling he was failing to live up to his religious beliefs.

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