LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Jury selection is going more slowly than a judge had hoped in the death penalty trial of a father charged with killing his five children in their South Carolina home.
The judge wanted to have a pool of 40 to 50 people this week to pick the jury from in the case of 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr.
By Friday afternoon, media reports say lawyers and Judge Eugene Griffith had picked just 12 people they think could fairly decide Jones’ sentence if he is convicted.
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 was arrested in Mississippi.