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Prosecutor: Father who killed kids is selfish, evil man

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 16:21:17-04

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor says a South Carolina father who admitted he killed his five children isn't insane, but a selfish, evil man.

In closing arguments during a death penalty trial Monday, Solicitor Rick Hubbard said Timothy Jones Jr. didn't hear voices, but made choices when he strangled four of the children after the fifth died from abuse and excessive exercise as punishment in their Lexington home in August 2014.

Hubbard says Jones knew right from wrong because he didn't call 911 and took steps to try to hide all his children's bodies. The children were found in trash bags on an Alabama hillside nine days after their deaths. They ranged in age from 1 to 8.

Defense lawyers are arguing Jones is not guilty by reason of insanity.