US man sentenced to death for killing his five childrenPTI | Washington DC | Updated: 14-06-2019 03:48 IST | Created: 14-06-2019 03:45 IST
An American convicted of killing his five small children was sentenced to death on Thursday, even after his ex-wife asked jurors to spare his life because the kids loved him. Lawyers for Timothy Jones, 37, had argued that he is schizophrenic and therefore not competent to stand trial.
"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," Amber Kyzer said, according to press reports. Kyzer has said she agreed to give Jones sole custody of the children because he made more money as a computer engineer than she did.
Jones has said he thought his six-year-old son was plotting against him with his ex-wife and allegedly forced the boy to exercise until he died. He then strangled the other four. Jones drove around with his children's bodies for nine days before dumping them in garbage bags on a hillside in Alabama.
Jones was arrested at a traffic checkpoint after an officer caught the smell of decomposing bodies in his car. (AFP) RCJ