Lexington County

Sentencing phase in Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial begins

Jones faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — Just days after Timothy Jones Jr. was found guilty for the murders of his five children, the sentencing phase in his murder trial began Thursday morning. Some witnesses who took the stand during the first phase of the trial came back to testify in the sentencing phase. Some described the impact the Jones children had on their…

Jury finds Timothy Jones Jr. guilty of murdering his five children

It took the jury six hours to come up with the verdict

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — After more than three weeks of testimony, the jury heard enough evidence to convict Timothy Jones Jr. of the murders of his five children. The jury deliberated for six hours on Monday and Tuesday, concluding beyond a reasonable doubt Jones Jr. murdered his five children back in August 2014. Nearly sixty people took the stand over the…

Jury begins deliberations in Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial

Jones was charged with the murders of his five children back in 2014

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — The ball is in the jury’s court to determine if Timothy Jones Jr. is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of his five children back in August 2014.  Both sides delivered closing statements that each went over an hour Monday afternoon, painting two different pictures of Timothy Jones Jr. and what went…

Defense rests in Day 13 of Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial

The prosecution will call witnesses Monday as part of its reply to defense's case

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — After more than a week of testimony, the defense rests their case in Day 13 the Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial. Ever since the prosecution rested their case last Wednesday, te defense called 26 witnesses to the stand. Seven of which, including two that took the stand Friday, were mental health professionals. Meeting with the defendant for…

Court-appointed psychiatrist says Timothy Jones Jr. does not have schizophrenia

Dr. Richard Frierson says he diagnosed Jones with a substance-induced psychotic disorder

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — In Day 12 of the Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial, a court-appointed psychiatrist took the stand to say the man charged with the murders of his five children in August 2014 does not suffer from schizophrenia. In his testimony today, one psychiatrist said Jones’s use of synthetic marijuana may have led to psychological issues, but they did…

Former DSS case worker testifies why Timothy Jones kept his children

Reports indicated a "substantial risk of physical abuse" but DSS agents said no further action was needed

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — Testimony from Day Ten of the Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial revealed more details concerning several Department of Social Services (DSS) visits to the Jones home. Visiting the Jones home three times in 2014, former DSS case worker Sherry Henry says there was a “substantial risk of physical abuse” in the Jones home, but not enough to…

Timothy Jones’s grandmother takes stand in Day Nine of murder trial

Roberta Thornsberry testifies she would have taken children away if she knew they were in danger

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — Timothy Jones’s grandmother took the stand in Day Nine of her grandson’s murder trial, saying she never expected him to kill his five children back in 2014. At various times throughout her testimony, Roberta Thornsberry got emotional when looking back at the lives of her five children, even saying she would have taken the kids away from…

New testimony sheds light on Timothy Jones’s faith and fears

Marriage counselor said Jones told her he heard voices but exhibited no other symptoms of schizophrenia

LEXINGTON, S.C. (WOLO) — Testimony in Day Eight of the Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial shed more light on Jones’s faith and what he says were his fears during his marriage. Some people who took the stand today remember Jones as someone who had an intense devotion to his faith and family, but also as a person with crippling anxieties about…