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Doctor says father who killed children is insane, the defense of peace

Attorney Casey Secor talks with Tim Jones during the trial in Lexington, S. C. Timothy Jones, Jr., is accused of killing his five children in 2014. Jones, who is facing the death penalty, has pleaded not guilty due to insanity. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP, Pool)

COLUMBIA, S. C. – The defense has rested in the death penalty trial of a father charged with killing his five children, after a psychiatrist stated that the defendant was insane at the time of the murders.

Lawyers defending Timothy Jones Jr. called, more than two dozen witnesses , including friends, family members and mental health experts. They described increased drug use and erratic behavior after his divorce, and his fear ended up in a mental institution as his mother.

But before psychiatrist Julie Rand Dorney testified Friday, none of the other mental health experts testified they thought Jones could not say what is right and wrong when he killed his children, ages 1 to 8, in their Lexington home in 2014.

Prosecutors said in the worst case, Jones’ mental problems were temporary and caused by synthetic marijuana.

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