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CrimeBabysitters: Man accused of killing 5 kids doting, strict

02:00  30 may  2019
02:00  30 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who confessed to killing his five children was both a doting father and a demanding disciplinarian who beat them with a belt — once during a trip to Disney World — several babysitters testified at his death penalty trial Wednesday.

The babysitters were among two dozen witnesses called by Timothy Jones Jr.’s defence as they argue he is not guilty by reason of insanity in the deaths of his children. Prosecutors said Jones strangled and beat his children, ages 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8, in their Lexington home in August 2014 after snapping over

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man who confessed to killing his five children was both a doting father and a demanding disciplinarian who beat them with a belt — once during a trip to Disney World — several babysitters testified at his death penalty trial Wednesday.

The babysitters were among two dozen witnesses called by Timothy Jones Jr.'s defense as they argue he is not guilty by reason of insanity in the deaths of his children.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who confessed to killing his five children was both a doting father and a demanding disciplinarian who beat them with a belt — once during a trip to Disney World — several babysitters testified at his death penalty trial Wednesday.

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, who is charged with killing their five children in a blind rage.

Prosecutors said Jones strangled and beat his children, ages 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8, in their Lexington home in August 2014 after snapping over the middle child breaking an electrical outlet.

For much of his defense, Jones' lawyers called doctors and other experts to discuss a brain injury he suffered in a car crash as a teen and whether Jones, 37, had schizophrenia which would have prevented him from knowing right from wrong as he killed his kids.

But on Wednesday, testimony shifted to the babysitters and Jones' father, who said on the witness stand that his son wasn't worthy to raise children because of his overly religious beliefs.

Joy Lorick was a babysitter who accompanied the Jones family to Disney and on a beach vacation in the months before their deaths. She cried as she remembered how much fun the children had on those trips and as defense lawyers showed pictures of the beaming children with Cinderella and with mouse ears on.

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Several women who babysat for a South Carolina father charged with killing his five children say he was a doting dad who demanded strict Tim Jones, Sr. wipes his eyes while answering questions during the trail of his son in Lexington, S.C. Timothy Jones, Jr., is accused of killing his five children

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She also cried when she told a prosecutor she called social workers in August 2014 after seeing Jones whip 6-year-old Nahtahn and 2-year-old Gabriel with a belt. That investigation was open when the kids were killed.

Lorick also remembered Jones getting furious when he found someone had painted 8-year-old Mera's fingernails because he said women were supposed to wear long skirts and not have flashy accessories. And she recalled how Jones made the 2-year-old eat alone when he wouldn't close his mouth to chew.

"They loved their daddy. And I know they loved their daddy," Lorick said. "But they just knew when they did something you could tell they were going to get in trouble a lot."

Chrystal Ballentine testified she started babysitting for Jones just after turning 17 and quickly became his live-in girlfriend. She said he became "over-angry" about small things and didn't try to calm himself before disciplining the children. She said she could hear him beat his children through the walls of their home.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who confessed to killing his five children was both a doting father and a demanding disciplinarian who beat them with a belt — once during a trip to Disney World — several babysitters testified at his death penalty trial Wednesday.

Babysitters : Man accused of killing 5 kids doting , strict . Several women who babysat for a South Carolina father charged with killing his five children say he was a doting dad who demanded strict discipline. The defense for Timothy Jones Jr. called the babysitters to the stand this week.

Ballentine said her relationship with Jones started to sour when he started controlling what she wore. She said the last straw was when Jones looked like he was going to spank her daughter, who was not quite 1, when she knocked over a drink while grabbing a table to try to walk.

"He knew what was right and wrong. He knew about God. He knew about what you should do in life. He was pretty sure about himself. He was pretty sure about everything," Ballentine testified.

If the jury finds Jones guilty, then the trial moves into a penalty phase to decide if he is sentenced to life without parole or death. The defense appeared to be questioning witnesses in part with that possibility in mind as they tried to elicit sympathy for Jones. They portrayed him as a single father with five children who had a rough upbringing but pulled himself together to get an $80,000 computer engineer job before slowly losing control after he left his wife because she was unfaithful.

Wednesday afternoon, the defense called Jones' father, Timothy Jones Sr., to the stand to try to hammer home those points. The father testified that Jones saw his grandparents physically fight with each other and other people and there was drug and alcohol use — although "no LSD or (expletive) like that," he said.

Verdict reached in trial of SC man accused of murdering his 5 children in 2014

Verdict reached in trial of SC man accused of murdering his 5 children in 2014 After more than three weeks of testimony, a jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Timothy Jones, Jr., a Lexington County man accused of murdering his five children in 2014. 

Babysitters : Man accused of killing 5 kids doting , strict . Several women who babysat for a South Carolina father charged with killing his five children say he was a doting dad who demanded strict discipline. The defense for Timothy Jones Jr. called the babysitters to the stand this week.

Babysitters : South Carolina man accused of killing 5 kids doting , strict . Jurors have heard nearly four weeks of heart-wrenching testimony in the case, from the mother of the children breaking down in sobs that she didn't do more to help her kids to teachers who said they have nightmares and can still

Jones Sr. cursed so casually and so often on the stand that Judge Eugene Griffith admonished him about an hour into his testimony that his language was "too salty."

Jones Sr. said the son he saw on trial was the man he was always scared he was going to see after his mother was sent to a mental institution for decades for schizophrenia.

"It's unfortunate. It's just bad DNA, I guess. He's just a sick man," the father said.

Jones Sr. said he was proud of his son for making it through college and getting a nice computer job, but he didn't think he had the right stuff to be a father, especially to five children. When his son told him his wife was cheating, Jones Sr. said he first cracked a joke about who she could possibly have found, and then gave him some advice.

"Let her take the kids. Pay your child support. Be the hero every two weeks," Jones Sr. said.

The trial is being livestreamed from the Lexington County courthouse.

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