Jury selection starts in trial of SC man charged in the 2014 slaying of his 5 children

Jury selection starts Monday for trial of SC man charged with killing his 5 children in 2014

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Lexington County, SC man charged in the death of his five children will stand trial nearly five years after the crime was committed.

Jury selection begins Monday for Timothy Jones, who authorities say killed his children at his Red Bank home in 2014, put their bodies in plastic trash bags, and dumped them in rural Alabama several days later.

His trial has been delayed several times, most recently in October 2018 when a judge announced lawyers on both sides agreed to delay it but gave no reason as to why.

A gag order was put in place early on in the case, meaning law enforcement and lawyers are banned from speaking about it.

According to court documents, Jones will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. He faces five counts of murder, and if convicted, could be sentenced to death.

Because of this, jury selection can be a lengthy process, so there is no word right now on when the actual trial will start.

In 2017, WIS spoke exclusively to Amber Jones, the children’s mother and Timothy Jones’ ex-wife. According to Department of Public Safety records, social workers visited the home three times in three years leading up to the murders. At the time of their killings, Timothy Jones had full custody.

“I love my children, I still love my children,” Jones said. “I think I’ll always beat myself up as a parent if I had thought it, even for a second, I would have gone over to that house and told them to leave and I would have taken every bit of it.”

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