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Insanity case begins for man accused of killing 5 children in the SC

FIXES the CITY of COLUMBIA, NOT LEXINGTON – State Judge Eugene Griffith interrupts the trial Tim Jones’ ex-wife Amber Kyzer breaks down during testimony in Columbia, S. C., Monday 20 May 2019. Timothy Jones, Jr. is accused of killing their 5 young 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 prosecution has rested its case in the death penalty trial of a South Carolina father charged with killing his five young children.

Timothy Jones Jr. ‘ s lawyers then began their case Wednesday morning at their client not guilty because of insanity.

Their first witness was a doctor who reviewed images of Jones’ brain and found a significant injury due to a car accident in his teens.

The scientific testimony was in stark contrast to a week of prosecution witnesses who gave detailed testimony about the strangulation marks and the dead bodies of the children, who ranged in age from 1 to 8. The children were killed in their Lexington home in August 2014.

Prosecutors called Jones’ ex-wife, who broke down in tears while testifying about her children.

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