Prosecutors will seek the death in penalty in the case against an Alabama man who is accused of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in trash bags.
Tim Jones Jr., 33, allegedly killed his children on Aug. 28, then was arrested Sept. 6 after cops at a DUI checkpoint in Mississippi looked inside his blood-soaked SUV and detained him, NBC News reported. The police report said Jones was "agitated" and appeared intoxicated, and when officers ran the Alabama man's license, they realized his children had been reported missing three days earlier by his ex-wife, who had visitation rights.
Jones, who eventually led investigators to the spot where he dumped the bodies in rural Alabama, told cops he killed his children because he feared they were "going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to NBC.
During a Dec. 9 preliminary court hearing, prosecutors confirmed they'll seek the death penalty for Jones, who is accused of strangling Mera, 8; Elias, 7; Gabriel, 2; and Abigail, 1. Another child, 6-year-old Nahtahn, was killed by blunt force trauma, WSFA reported.
Court papers show Jones had a computer engineering degree and worked a $71,000-a-year job, the Daily Mail reported, but Jones' attorney said his client was treated for mental illness and had a breakdown after he discovered his wife had been cheating on him. A therapist who treated Jones described him as "highly intelligent," according to Daily Mail, but was devastated by his wife's affair with their neighbor's 19-year-old son.
Child Protective Services had visited Jones three times since Jones divorced his wife and moved out -- with the children -- in October 2013, and in a recent report described the father of five as "overwhelmed" by his parenting responsibilities, Daily Mail reported.
Jones was transferred to state custody earlier this year after authorities in Lexington County, South Carolina, said they could not guarantee his safety, despite placing him on suicide watch.