Sobbing mom whose five kids, aged between 1 and 8, were brutally killed by ex-husband begs jury not to execute him
Jones had accidentally killed one of his sons when he made him do an excessive number of push-ups and squats just an hour before he strangled the remaining four. He then proceeded to drive them across several American states and then dumped their bodies off a dirt road
A woman whose five children were murdered by their father shocked a courtroom when she asked the jury to not execute him. The mother Amber Kyzer broke down in tears while testifying at the trial of her former husband Timothy Jones Jr on June 11.
Despite hearing the horrific details of the crime which took place in 2014, Kyzer said that she wished mercy on him. Jones had accidentally killed one of his sons when he made him do an excessive number of push-ups and squats just an hour before he strangled the remaining four. He then proceeded to drive them across several American states and then dumped their bodies off a dirt road, as we had reported earlier.
The 37-year-old Jones was found guilty last week and had claimed that an angry voice in his head told him to kill his children — one-year-old Abigail, two-year-old Gabriel, six-year-old Nahthan, seven-year-old Elias, and eight-year-old Merah at their home in South Carolina. The jury is contemplating whether Jones should be executed or jailed for life as prosecutors seek the death penalty. Kyzer told the courtroom, "I hear what my kids went through and endured and, as a mother, if I could personally rip his face off, I would."
"That's the momma bear in me, wanting him to feel everything they felt. I don’t personally feel I have the right to put anyone's life in my hands. The mom in me says, 'Fry him, absolutely'. But I’m a strong believer in no death penalty. He did not show my children any mercy by any means. But my kids loved him and if I'm speaking on behalf of my kids and not myself, that's what I have to say," Kyzer shared with the court.
"I pray for you often, and I say that without excusing what he's done. I say that wholeheartedly from the depths of my soul. There’s been so much loss," she continued. She was asked by defense attorney Boyd Young if she wanted mercy to which she responded saying, "I do. I don't say it lightly. He did not show my children mercy by any means, but my children loved him."
Kyzer also looked straight at Jones and shared, "Nothing justifies what you've done. There’s nothing you could possibly say to justify what you've done to my babies." At an earlier hearing, Kyzer had collapsed as details of the case emerged. The judge at the Lexington County Court had to stop the case as the devastated mother cried and screamed before being helped from the floor.
She was heard shouting, "My babies, my babies. Oh God, I'm so sorry. I miss my babies, I want my babies. I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry. They are my babies, they should still be here." The trial also heard how Jones had received custody of the kids after the pair got divorced.