Records show SC father accused of killing his 5 children went through nasty divorce
LEXINGTON, S.C. — A man accused of killing his five children once worked a $71,000-a-year job and shared a life with his wife for 10 years.
Then, just over two years ago, Timothy Jones Jr. discovered his wife was having an affair with the neighbor’s 19-year-old son, according to divorce papers obtained by WSOC.
Jones, 32, moved out with the children and seemed friendly to his new neighbors, but began to withdraw to the point where the woman who lived next door thought he and his family had moved away.
Jones and his five children, ages 8, 7, 6, 2 and 1, disappeared two weeks ago, but no one called police for days.
Authorities weren’t convinced anything was wrong until they said an intoxicated Jones was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Mississippi where officers found him with blood on his clothes.
Jones later led investigators to his children’s bodies, wrapped in five trash bags on an isolated Alabama hilltop, but it’s still not clear what his motive was.
Authorities in South Carolina said he will face five charges of murder when he returns from Mississippi.
Authorities say the children were likely killed shortly after they were last seen in school and daycare on Aug. 28.
Jones put each child’s body in its own trash bag and loaded the bodies into his Cadillac Escalade, drove hundreds of miles and reportedly used bleach to try to mask the smell of the decomposing bodies.
It was reported Jones then dumped the bodies on an isolated hilltop.
A check of Jones’ license plate showed his ex-wife had reported him and the children missing three days earlier when he failed to bring them over for visitation.
Jones graduated with a degree in computer engineering from Mississippi State in 2011. Records from his October 2013 divorce show he was working for Intel at the time and the company confirmed he was still employed there when he disappeared.
The court records also showed a troubled life, both for Jones and his children. The divorce included multiple allegations of adultery against Jones’ wife Amber, including accusations she sneaked over to her neighbor’s home after putting the kids to bed.
A therapist who saw Jones during the divorce described him as “highly intelligent” and responsible, yet emotionally devastated and angry over his wife’s actions.
Jones got primary custody of the five children after the divorce and moved from one ramshackle mobile home to another in Lexington.
Divorce records listed the five children as Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2, and Elaine Marie, 1. Elaine Marie was born Abagail Elizabeth but the parents agreed to a name change, records show.
A memorial service will be held for the children on Friday.