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Tim Jones murder trial to start Tuesday

Jury to be seated Monday

A jury is to be seated Monday in the trial of a Red Bank father charged with murdering his 5 children.

Circuit Court Judge Eugene C. Griffith Jr. told the court late Thursday afternoon that jury strikes would be held at the Marc H. Westbrook Judicial Center in Lexington at 10 am Monday.

The court will seat 12 jurors out of a pool of 50 qualified potential jurors.

“I’m trying for several alternates,” Judge Griffith said late Thursday afternoon. “We might make 6.”

The prosecution can “strike” 5 candidates from the pool of jurors while the defense gets 10. For alternates, the prosecution gets 1 strike and the defense 2.

Opening arguments from the state and defense are set to begin after lunchtime Tuesday, Judge Griffith said.

Timothy Ray Jones Jr. faces the death penalty if found guilty of strangling his 4 children and beating a 5th to death in 2014. They ranged in age from 1 to 8.

He is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

He is accused of stuffing their bodies in plastic bags and driving them around the Southeast for nearly a week before dumping them in Alabama.

He was arrested shortly after that on suspicion of DUI in Mississippi. He confessed to killing his children and led authorities to their bodies, police said.

Jones has been present in court during the past 2 weeks of finding qualified jurors to sit in judgement.

It took about 5 hours Thursday to find 6 more qualified potential jurors to round out the pool of 50.

Griffith said the trial could last into June.

Go to www.LexingtonChronicle.com for updates in the case.

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