Jury selected for trial of SC man accused of 2014 murder of his 5 children
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - After a nine day search, 18 people, ten women and eight men, will hear weeks of graphic testimony as prosecutors seek the death penalty for Timothy Jones Jr.
The Lexington County man is charged with five counts of murder, after police say he beat and strangled the children to death in his Red Bank home in 2014, before dumping their bodies in rural Alabama several days later.
Jones is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, as a jury is set to determine his fate four and a half years after the alleged crime.
Jury selection in the case took nine days, after court officials originally hoped a jury would be seated within a week. Last Friday, the court reached a threshold of 50 potential jurors that were ruled qualified.
On Monday, it took less than an hour for attorneys to select the 18 people who will hear the case. Ultimately, 12 jurors will deliberate the case while the six others are named alternates.
In total, 50 citizens qualified to be potential jurors over the course of the nine-day selection period.
Of the ten women, two are African- American. Of the men, one is Asian American
The state is seeking the death penalty if Jones is found guilty.
Opening statements are expected to start at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Witness lists submitted by both the prosecution and defense indicate the potential for more than 250 witnesses to be called to the stand to testify.
The trial is expected to continue into June. During jury selection, there were no signs of family members or friends of the Jones family present in the courtroom. Jones has been present daily in the courtroom, speaking his attorneys and listening to the questioning of the potential jurors.
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