Timothy Jones, Jr., South Carolina

 

Updated: Monday, November 11, 2019

Timothy Ray Jones, Jr., was scheduled to be executed on November 30, 2019, at the Brood River Capital Punishment Facility at Brood River Correctional Institute in Columbia, South Carolina. Timothy’s execution will not be carried out because the execution warrant was premature. Timothy is convicted of murdering his five children: 8-year-old Merah, 7-year-old Elias, 6-year-old Nahtahn, 2-year-old Gabriel, and one-year-old Elaine, on August 28, 2014, in Red Bank, South Carolina. Timothy has been on death row in South Carolina for less than one year.

When Timothy was a toddler, he was taken by his mother, who was eventually declared mentally ill and institutionalized. His father won custody of him at the age of 2 and a half. Timothy started smoking marijuana at the age of 12 and was a heavy drinker by the time he entered high school. In 2001, Timothy was charged with cocaine possession, and, six months later, for stealing a car, burglary, and passing forced checks. He served less than one year for his crimes. Timothy was known as a good kid in school, and joined the Navy. Timothy was discharged early from the Navy, after, allegedly, being diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

For 10 years, Timothy had a well-paying job as a computer engineer at Intel and was married to his wife. In 2012, the couple obtained a divorce, after Timothy discovered that his wife was having an affair at night with the 19-year-old son of a neighbor. Timothy took the kids with him when he moved and obtained custody. His new neighbors said that at first he was friendly, but then he began to withdraw and become hostile.

 

Social workers visits showed that the children appeared to be happy and well-adjusted, even taking summer vacations. There was, however, evidence that Timothy was struggling to raise his five kids. Several complaints were also made against Timothy for how he treated his kids, however during visits, social workers could find no evidence to verify the complaints.

 

On August 28, 2014, Timothy Jones, Jr., picked up his children from school and day care, taking them home. Jones became enraged when he suspected that Nahtahn had deliberately blown out four electrical outlets in the home, and Nahtahn wouldn’t admit to it. Jones forced Nahtahn to do pushups and squats for an extended period of time because Nahtahn wouldn’t confess. Jones claims the exercises were nothing out of the ordinary, and he eventually sent Nahtahn to bed. When Jones checked on him later, Nahtahn was dead. Investigators were never able to determine Nahtahn’s exact cause of death.

 

According to Jones, he started hearing voices when he discovered his son’s dead body. He then killed the four other children by strangling them. Jones claimed he started believing his children planned to kill him and “chop him up and feed him to the dogs.”

 

After killing his children, Jones wrapped the bodies in plastic bags and placed them in the back of his vehicle. Jones then started driving, traveling through North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

 

Jones was pulled over in Smith County, Mississippi, becoming agitated when he was questioned by the deputy about the odor emitting from the Cadillac Escalade he was driving. Further investigation revealed what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood and possible body fluids. A background check revealed that Jones was wanted in South Carolina “regarding welfare concern of his children,” who were on a national missing persons list after being reported missing on September 3.

 

Jones eventually confessed and led police to the bodies of the missing children, which were badly decomposed and wrapped in five trash bags. The trash bags had been discarded near Camden, Alabama. Due to the decay of the bodies, the exact causes of death could not be determined beyond “homicidal violence.”

 

Lawyers for Jones alleged that Jones was high on a synthetic marijuana known as “Spice” at the time of the crime. During his trial, lawyers also argued that Jones was not guilty by reason of insanity. Jones was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2019. An execution date for Jones was given shortly thereafter, however, Jones will not be executed, as he has to completed all his appeals, which could take several years.

 

Please pray for healing for the family of Merah, Elias, Nahtahn, Gabriel, and Elaine. Pray for strength for the family of Timothy Jones, Jr. Pray that if Timothy is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Pray that Timothy may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

  

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