• South Carolina father accused of killing 5 kids to use insanity defense

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    LEXINGTON, S.C. - A South Carolina man accused of killing his five children is planning to use an insanity defense in his upcoming murder trial.

    [Sheriff: SC father killed 5 children, wrapped bodies in plastic bags]

    News outlets report that attorneys for Timothy Ray Jones Jr. have notified prosecutors of their intent for his trial set to begin October 15.

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    Timothy Ray Jones Jr

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Jones on five counts of murder.

    [Photos of 5 SC children found dead]

    Authorities said the 36-year-old father killed his children at his Lexington home in 2014, put their bodies in plastic trash bags and drove for nine days around the Southeast before leaving them on a hillside in Camden, Alabama.

    Jones was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Mississippi, where authorities said they found blood in his vehicle and handwritten notes about killing and mutilating bodies.

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