LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Lexington County Judge has approved gag order in the case of a father charged in the murders of his five children.
Attorneys representing Timothy Ray Jones, Jr. submitted the request for the gag order Tuesday.
Circuit Judge Thomas Russo approved the request, claiming that "Overwhelming pre-trial publicity" could impair Jones' "right to a fair and impartial trial."
"This order shall apply to all solicitors, defense attorneys, parties, jurors, court officials, clerks of court, all law enforcement officers involved in the investigation as well as their respective law enforcement agencies, coroner and all members of his office, the medical examiner and any other person involved in the investigation or potentially involved in the trial of this matter," reads Russo's decision.
Among the information that may not be distributed are 911 call recordings, medical examiner reports, coroner reports or other medical-related reports.
Jones is charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of his five children. He is accused of killing the kids and then disposing of their bodies at a vacant lot in Alabama.
Jones was granted custody of the kids as a result of a divorce settlement. They were reported missing by their mother in early September.
He was arrested during a traffic checkpoint in Mississippi when police noticed a strong odor and blood stains in his vehicle. Jones led investigators to where he buried their bodies in Alabama.
Jones currently is held at a South Carolina Department of Corrections Facility.