Jury selection for South Carolina dad charged with killing 5 kids

South Carolina News

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – A judge has divided dozens of potential jurors into groups of eight as he starts days of jury selection in the death penalty trial of a South Carolina father charged with killing his five children.
    
Nearly 200 people were summoned to the Lexington County courthouse Monday for the trial of 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr.
    
After dismissing unqualified people, media outlets report Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith split the remaining jurors into groups of eight and said they would be extensively questioned one-on-one by defense lawyers and prosecutors.
    
Jones is charged with five counts of murder. Police say he killed his children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, in their Lexington home in August 2014. He drove their bodies around for a week, buried them in Alabama and then was arrested in Mississippi.
    
Court records show defense attorneys plan an insanity defense for Jones.

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