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Columbia, South Carolina - 11 June 2019
1. Wide of court
2. Amber Kyzer swearing in
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amber Kyzer, Mother of victims:
"I didn't have the chance to hear everything that had happened to my children. What had literally happen to them or what happened that night. The things that had led up to this I wasn't aware of fully. So I was finding out along with you guys and the world what had happened to my children. So in retrospect the mom and me was like fry him, fry him. Absolutely. But from the... from the beginning I have maintained that I just I, I'm not a death penalty. I don't I'm a strong believer and no death penalty."
4. Timothy Jones Jr., convicted of five counts of murder
5. Defense attorney speaking to Kyzer
6. Various of trial
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amber Kyzer, Mother of victims:
"I'm not here for me. The Mom and me just wants him to feel it. Everything that I feel, that my kids felt. Nothing justifies, nothing justifies what you've done."
The mother of five children who were killed by their father stunned a South Carolina courtroom Tuesday by asking the jury to spare her ex-husband's life.
"He did not show my children 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 on the witness stand.
A jury convicted Timothy Jones Jr. of five counts of murder last week for the killings in his Lexington home in August 2014.
The same jurors are deciding if he will get the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Kyzer said while she prays for Jones and personally opposes the death penalty, there have been many moments watching the trial when she wanted to "fry him."
On Tuesday, she wept again when recalling her children. But she also sounded adamant and aggravated as she described again how Jones hit her, spit in her face in front of their young daughter and threatened to chop her up and feed her to pigs during their marriage.
Kyzer said Jones was a good father throughout their marriage and had an $80,000 a year job as a computer engineer.
Jones' lawyers are trying to show he struggled from undiagnosed mental illness and cracked after his marriage failed.
Jones said in a confession he felt his 6-year-old Nahtahn was trying to attack him by conspiring with his ex-wife, and he exercised the boy until he collapsed and died after he broke an electrical outlet.
Several hours later, Jones said he decided to kill the other children, strangling 8-year-old Merah and 7-year-old Elias with his hands and using a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail because his hands were too big.
Prosecutors said Jones was an evil, selfish father who killed Nahtahn in a rage and then the rest of his children because he didn't want his ex-wife to have them.
Both sides have blamed alcohol and drug use for the killings. Prosecutors said Jones used synthetic marijuana instead of caring for his kids.
Defense lawyers said Jones used drugs to try and treat his undiagnosed schizophrenia , but it made the mental condition worse.
Jones was only doing what he saw his father and grandmother and their families do all their lives — self-medicate to deal with what seemed like an endless barrage of sadness and anger, Grey testified.
The trial is being livestreamed from the Lexington County courthouse.
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