Tim Jones, Jr.'s father: Son is not an 'animal'

AMORY, MS (WIS) - The father of Tim Jones, Jr., the man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina, says his son is not the monster many believe him to be.

In a brief news conference with reporters in Mississippi, Tim Jones, Sr. and his wife, Julie Jones, said they are requesting privacy and the chance to mourn the deaths of their five grandchildren, who were found dead and decomposing in trash bags in Alabama on Tuesday.

"We do not have all the answers and we might not ever have all them, but anyone who knows little Tim will agree that he is not the animal he will be portrayed through the media," Jones, Sr. said.

Jones, Sr. said he does, however, understand that people will reach their own conclusions about his son and what happened.

"But please remember, and I reiterate this, please remember that our little Tim is a loving father, brother, and son," Jones, Sr. said.

Jones, Sr. did reveal that a remembrance ceremony will be held at Amory Church of Christ at 1 p.m. on Friday.

The Jones family did not take any questions.

"We ask that you please respect our privacy while we recover from this shock and begin to mourn the loss of our loved ones -- not only our grandchildren, but my son as well," Jones, Sr. said.

Meanwhile, Jones, Jr. is awaiting extradition back to Lexington County to face murder charges.

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