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Timothy Jones’ jury selection starts Monday

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Jury selection for the trial of Timothy Jones is set to begin Monday at the Mark Westbrook Judicial Center in Lexington. Jones is on trial for murdering his five children in their home in the Red Bank area of Lexington County in 2014. Jones was 36-years-old at the time.

Authorities say that Jones killed the children and placed their bodies in trash bags. Then, he drove around a number of states before leaving the children’s bodies in Alabama.

Police believe that Jones tried to conceal the scent of decomposition in his car before he was stopped at a public safety checkpoint in Mississippi. There, officer smelled the scent of the children and the cleaner Jones had tried to use to conceal the smell. They also located blood and a handwritten note they say Jones wrote about killing the children. He was taken into custody for DUI but later confessed to what he had done. He then led the police to the children’s bodies. Jones' lawyers say they plan to use an insanity defense.

According to Captain Adam Myrick, spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, there is seating for the public in the courtroom during the trial. Those seats are first come first serve and Myrick says that it is expected that the courtroom will be packed during the trial.

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