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Jury selection nears in SC father’s death penalty trial

May 9, 2019

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys are ready to pick a jury in the death penalty trial of a father charged with killing his five children in their South Carolina home.

It took two weeks to narrow a pool of about 150 people down to the 50 member jury pool that lawyers and Judge Eugene Griffith think can fairly decide the case.

Griffith says the jury will be picked Monday and he thinks testimony can begin Tuesday in 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr.’s murder trial. Lexington County offices are closed Friday for Confederate Memorial Day.

Police say Jones killed his children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014. He drove their bodies around for a week, buried them in Alabama and was arrested in Mississippi.