The prosecution rests in death penalty trial of SC father

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.

Prosecutor Rick Hubbard told the court the state had called the last witness when the trial resumes Wednesday morning.

The judge called a break as Timothy Jones Jr. the defense of the case. His lawyer is expected to argue that he is not guilty because of insanity.

More than 30 prosecution witnesses were called, in which is described how Jones admitted to the killing of the five children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014.

Jurors also heard Jones’ confession, listening to him describe how he became furious when a child broke a wall outlet.

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