Amber Jones cries from the witness stand while being questioned during the trial of her ex husband, Tim Jones. Picture: AP
Amber Jones cries from the witness stand while being questioned during the trial of her ex husband, Tim Jones. Picture: AP

Distraught mum’s tears for slain kids

A heartbroken mum shed bitter tears and cried "My babies! Oh God!" at her ex-husband's trial for murdering their five kids yesterday.

The Sun reports that Amber Kyzer struggled to contain her grief on the witness stand at Lexington County Courthouse in South Carolina.

 

Jurors were sent out of the courtroom and the judge was filmed leaning over his bench and reached out to the distraught mother as sobbed uncontrollably.

But her ex Timothy Jones Jr. simply stood up and looked at her, showing no emotion.

Jones faces the death penalty for the murder of his children, Merah, eight, Elias, seven, Nathan, six, Gabriel, two, and Abigail, one, at their home in South Carolina.

Top-left to bottom-right: Abigail Elizabeth, Gabriel, Nathan, Elias and Merah kids of Timothy Jones and Amber Kyzer
Top-left to bottom-right: Abigail Elizabeth, Gabriel, Nathan, Elias and Merah kids of Timothy Jones and Amber Kyzer

He has been accused of beating one of the kids and strangling the other four to death before wrapping their bodies in plastic bags and driving them around for a week.

As part of her testimony yesterday, Kyzer was asked to read a letter she wrote for her oldest child, trying to comfort her over the divorce.

Tim Jones looks around the courtroom during his trial. Picture: AP
Tim Jones looks around the courtroom during his trial. Picture: AP

Before she even begins to read, Kyzer takes deep breaths as she cries, muttering "I'm sorry".

She then tells the court: "Vera, my sweet sweet daughter. I know that your heart feels heavy and you feel really sad sometimes.

"I want to assure you sweetheart that you along with your brothers and sisters mean everything to me.

"You kids are my world and mummy and daddy were very blessed to have you."

She then screams out "Oh God! Oh God!" holding her head in her hands, before she turns around and bends over.

Amber Kyzer is helped out of the courtroom after breaking down on the witness stand while being questioned during the trial of her ex-husband, Tim Jones. Picture: AP
Amber Kyzer is helped out of the courtroom after breaking down on the witness stand while being questioned during the trial of her ex-husband, Tim Jones. Picture: AP

In heart-wrenching scenes, the grief-stricken mum shrieked "My babies! Oh God!" as jurors were escorted out.

Jones' lawyers don't dispute that he killed the children.

But they are trying to have him found not guilty by reason of insanity.

The trial took a 30-minute break after Kyzer's breakdown, and defence lawyer Boyd Young asked her only a few questions.

She said Jones was a good father while they were married, but he seemed to start having mental problems after they divorced.

THE LOSS OF INNOCENT LIVES

Prosecutors said he killed six-year-old Nahtahn in a rage after finding the boy, fascinated by electricity, had broken an outlet in their home near Lexington in August 2014.

Jones then strangled Mera and Elias with his hands along with Gabriel and Abigail with a belt, prosecutors said.

He was arrested at a Smith County, Mississippi, traffic checkpoint, where an officer testified he noticed a strong odour coming from the car he recognised as "the smell of death".

Prosecutors called the pathologist who did autopsies on the children to the stand, but refused to show pictures of the bodies.

State Judge Eugene Griffith pauses the trial as Tim Jones' ex-wife Amber Kyzer breaks down while testifying. Picture: AP
State Judge Eugene Griffith pauses the trial as Tim Jones' ex-wife Amber Kyzer breaks down while testifying. Picture: AP

Photos from inside the car show a large bleach stain on the carpet as well as reddish stains and a blue bucket containing rubbish bags.

Over the next three days, Mississippi police officers, with the help of Jones' father, Tim Jones Sr., questioned Jones and eventually got him to confess to murdering his five children.

At his trial, prosecutors showed the jury a series of lists allegedly written by Jones which appeared to be checklists directing how to mutilate bodies, WLTX reported.

One of the handwritten lists reportedly said: "Head to campground. Melt bodies!

"Saw & bones to dust or small pieces … sanitation plant."

The trial continues.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission