GUILTY SC - Five Jones children, ages 1-8, Lexington County, 28 Aug 2014 *Father Arrested*

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  1. Gardenista

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    Dad sentenced to die, but executions rare in South Carolina

    Jun 14, 2019

    "COLUMBIA, S.C. — A father who killed his five children will be a new resident on South Carolina's death row, where the population has dropped by 25% in eight years — but not because of executions, since the state hasn't put anyone to death in that time.

    The state is in an unofficial death penalty moratorium because prison officials have no drugs to carry out lethal injections and pharmaceutical companies publicly refuse to sell them more. And prosecutors, facing rising costs and more vigorous defenses in court, don't seek the ultimate punishment as frequently.

    Timothy Jones Jr., sentenced to death Thursday for killing his children aged 1 to 8 in their Lexington home, is only the third new admission to South Carolina's death row in 10 years.

    "It is frustrating and unfair. You have to start to wonder what is the purpose of having a death penalty if it can't be used," said state Sen. Greg Hembree, a former prosecutor who sponsored a bill that would have forced condemned inmates to the electric chair or firing squad. The bill failed to pass in 2019...

    South Carolina ran out of the drugs needed for lethal injection in 2013 and hasn't been able to buy more since.

    Prisons Director Bryan Stirling has asked lawmakers several times for various bills — to shield the names of companies selling the drugs from the public or to force inmates into South Carolina's still operational electric chair — but they haven't passed, even with the support of the governor and attorney general.

    Thirteen inmates have left death row since the state ran out of lethal injection drugs. More than half of the 38 current death row inmates arrived there in 2003 or earlier. In September, the inmate on death row the longest will mark 36 years since he was condemned to death.

    Jones was being processed into South Carolina's death row Friday, according to prison officials. Chances are that Jones' stay there will be lengthy as years, if not decades, of appeals play out.

    Immediately after the sentence was announced, defense attorney Boyd Young asked a judge to toss it out for nearly a dozen reasons, including that the jury deliberated less than two hours after four weeks of testimony, the testimony of some experts was limited and the judge allowed jurors to view autopsy photos of the children in the jury room if they wished.

    Judge Eugene Griffith ruled against the request, but lawyers who specialize in appeals were in the courtroom throughout the trial.

    The trial also displayed another key factor in the decline of capital punishment: Jones was defended by a special group of public defenders called the Capital Trial Division. Created in 2008, the group's lawyers quickly identify cases that could result in the death penalty and begin vigorous investigations. Previously, private lawyers often would be appointed, juggling the cases with their regular, money making load...."

    Dad sentenced to die, but executions rare in South Carolina :: WRAL.com
     
  3. oceanblueeyes

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    I already knew the harshest punishment would be rendered by his jury. No other sentence fit the heinous crimes he committed against 5 beautiful children.

    Whether he is ever executed or not was irrelevant to this jury when imposing the correct, and only just sentence. Imo. The jurors weren't there to determine what happens afterwards.

    In states who do have the death penalty option also have much more leverage than those who do not.

    Many brutal murderers have been willing to plead guilty if the state took the death penalty off of the table.

    As important it's been a leveraging tool that has worked well for family members when the murderers refused to give the family members the location of their loved ones remains. Several murderers have agreed to tell the location if the death penalty was taken off the table.

    For all states who do not have the DP they have far less power.

    They wind up reducing the proven heinous premeditated murders of first degree down to 2nd degree or even less... letting them get far less sentences than they deserved which often winds up with the cruel murderers allowed to walk free again at some point to target others which has happened.

    Imo, one of the main reasons it takes more money for DR inmates to be housed is due to ridiculously long unnecessary appeals, and never executing them.

    It's really a slap in the face to every jury who have recommended death to the worst of the worst. Those who have listened to all of the evidence from beginning to end taking all their time, and effort to impose a sentence of death... which is never taken lightly by any jury.

    Jmho
     
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    Jones trial sheds light on allegations made in mother’s lawsuit against DSS

    June 18, 2019

    "LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - Details released during the month-long Timothy Jones Jr. murder trial shed light on allegations outlined in a 2016 lawsuit filed against the Department of Social Services by Jones’ ex-wife.

    In the suit, Amber Kyzer, the mother of the children, alleges the state and county DSS branch failed to protect the children from the ongoing reported abuse taking place at their home before they were found dead in Alabama in September of 2014.

    At the time the suit was filed, it was the only source of information into what happened to the Jones children, as a gag order placed on the Timothy Jones Jr. case prevented those involved from talking about it. It alleges despite nearly a dozen visits from DSS between 2011 and 2014, the agency took no actions to remove the children from the home, prolonging their pain and suffering.

    The suit repeatedly refers to Jones, Jr. as a "well-documented child abuser."...

    The lawsuit seeks damages for "wrongful deaths and conscious pain and suffering of her children."..."

    Jones trial sheds light on allegations made in mother’s lawsuit against DSS
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    Jones Trial Sheds Light on Allegations Made in Mother's Lawsuit Against DSS (PFD)

    Jones Trial Sheds Light on Allegations Made in Mother's Lawsuit Against DSS
     
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    Omg horrifying..
     
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    What life is like on death row for SC man who killed his 5 kids

    Jun 19, 2019

    "COLUMBIA — Last week’s death sentence for Timothy Jones Jr. means the man who murdered his five children in 2014 will spend the bulk of his days alone in a 6-foot-by-14-foot cell surrounded by 36 other inmates on South Carolina’s death row.

    How long the 37-year-old will have remain on death row at Columbia’s Kirkland Correctional Institution is unknown.

    The only thing certain about Jones’ pending execution is that it won’t happen on Nov. 30, the date set by Judge Eugene Griffith.

    State law requires an automatic appeal to the state Supreme Court for death sentences. The automatic appeal triggers a barrage of appeal possibilities in multiple state and federal courts with no timeframe for conclusion....

    Life on death row

    Now housed in the state’s highest-security prison unit, Jones can sit in the same room only with his attorneys .
    He can have eight visits monthly from anyone on an approved list, which will likely consist of the family members who pleaded with jurors for a life sentence, but they will be behind a glass barrier.

    There’s no limit to the number of phone calls he can make, as long as each is less than 15 minutes, according to the state prisons agency.

    Jones can socialize with his fellow condemned prisoners one hour a day, five days a week, in the death row’s central area, in groups of no larger than six, if he wishes. His cell is on one of eight hallways extending from that center. And he’s allowed outside one hour a day, five days a week, weather permitting.

    Otherwise, he eats alone in his cell, can worship once a week one-on-one with a chaplain, can shower daily and can visit the unit’s law library, which includes a computer. And each cell has a TV with local broadcast stations. Death row inmates can’t work a prison job or do anything else to earn money, according to the agency. ..."

    What life is like on death row for SC man who killed his 5 kids
     
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    'Firing squad' death penalty bill stalled in SC House committee (with clip)

    June 19, 2019

    "After Lexington County father Timothy Jones Jr was sentenced to death last week for the murders of his five kids, there’s renewed focus on a proposed death penalty Senate bill in the South Carolina Statehouse.

    Senate Bill 176 would make death by electrocution the default death penalty option in the state instead of lethal injection.

    The change comes as South Carolina is having issues getting the drugs needed for lethal injections.

    “The companies are subject to retaliation in various forms, even violence, if they're known that they're the ones disseminating or providing those drugs. So, that means that it's very difficult for states to get them, which eliminates one of the options,” said Republican Governor Henry McMaster on Wednesday.

    Inmates sentenced to death have a choice in South Carolina. At the moment, that choice is between lethal injection or electrocution.

    The bill would give them three options, electrocution, lethal injection, or by firing squad.

    The bill continues if lethal injection is not available or ruled unconstitutional, then the death sentence must be carried out with electrocution no matter what the person decided....

    The Senate passed the bill in January of 2019, but it is currently waiting in the House Judiciary Committee for a vote to send to the full House...."

    'Firing squad' death penalty bill stalled in SC House committee
     
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    SC man who murdered his children files appeal of death sentence (with clip)

    June 21, 2019

    "...Timothy Jones Jr. and his attorneys submitted the paperwork Friday. The move was not unexpected, as it's typical in death penalty cases to file multiple appeals...."

    SC man who murdered his children files appeal of death sentence
     
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    Timothy Jones Jr. files appeal of murder conviction and death sentence

    Jun 21, 2019

    "...In the notice of appeal to the Supreme Court, Jones’ attorneys referenced Judge Griffith denying the defense’s motion for a new trial. At the end of the trial, Jones’ attorneys made several objections with the request for a new trial. These will be the basis of the appeal...."

    Timothy Jones Jr. files appeal of conviction and death sentence
     
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    Life on death row for Tim Jones Jr. and what it’s costing you (with clip)

    June 21, 2019

    "COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - It’s been more than a week since a death sentence landed convicted child killer Tim Jones Jr. on South Carolina’s death row.

    Shortly after the sentence was handed down by the jury, Jones was taken to Kirkland Correctional Institution where he was processed, cleanly shaven, and placed in a single cell in the death row wing....

    Currently, there are 38 inmates on death row in South Carolina, averaging 17 years incarcerated within SCDC custody. The newest addition to the roster is Jones, who was added last week. SCDC estimates the annual cost to house and feed an inmate in its custody is around $25,000 but said death row inmates can be much more costly, as they go through a lengthy appeals process....

    nmates eat all of their meals alone in their cells but eat the same meals as all other inmates at Kirkland Correctional. They get three meals a day Monday through Saturday and two on Sunday.

    SCDC provided an example of a typical daily menu:

    Breakfast: Grits, eggs, biscuits, juice

    Lunch: A meat, starch, vegetable, bread and drink. Example would be turkey, rice and gravy, vegetable and juice or tea

    Supper: Meat, starch, two vegetables (sometimes one hot and one cold), roll and drink. Example would be spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, salad, bread, cake and juice or tea.

    Some of the food is grown and produced at SCDC farms, including eggs, milk, corn meal, grits, vegetables in season and grape and apple juice drinks....

    Upon arriving at Kirkland last Thursday, Jones was evaluated by a mental health professional, as is standard protocol. On Friday, he visited with a psychiatrist, who will use information from his previous diagnoses combined with their individual evaluations to develop a medical plan going forward.

    He was also placed under a mandatory 72-hour suicide watch, which is also SCDC protocol."

    Life on death row for Tim Jones Jr. and what it’s costing you
     
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    Firing squad??!? :eek: I didn’t even know states still did electrocutions! I thought when they retired “Old Sparky”, all states did lethal injection. I guess not!
     
  14. MsFacetious

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    Good old Utah still uses firing squad.
     
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    This description of life on death row does not sound bad at all. In fact, some nursing homes that cost the elderly an arm and a leg would be considered a giant step down in comparison. I just don't get it.
     
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