Jury to soon decide if father gets death for killing 5 kids

Defense attorney Boyd Young talks with Tim Jones, center, during the sentencing phase of his trial in Lexington, S.C. Timothy Jones, Jr. was found gui

Defense attorney Boyd Young talks with Tim Jones, center, during the sentencing phase of his trial in Lexington, S.C. Timothy Jones, Jr. was found gui

Timothy Jones Jr. wipes his eyes as his ex-wife Amber Kyzer, mother of five children who were killed by their father, Jones, during the sentencing pha

Timothy Jones Jr. wipes his eyes as his ex-wife Amber Kyzer, mother of five children who were killed by their father, Jones, during the sentencing pha

State Judge Eugene Griffith, center, confers with 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard, left, and defense attorney Boyd Young during the sentencing pha

State Judge Eugene Griffith, center, confers with 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard, left, and defense attorney Boyd Young during the sentencing pha

Tim Jones, Sr., embraces his son, Travis Jones during the sentencing phase of Tim Jones Jr.'s trial in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Timo

Tim Jones, Sr., embraces his son, Travis Jones during the sentencing phase of Tim Jones Jr.'s trial in Lexington, S.C., Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Timo

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A jury is expected to begin deliberating whether a South Carolina father is sentenced to death or life in prison for killing his five children.

Prosecutors and lawyers for Timothy Jones Jr. are scheduled to give closing arguments Thursday morning in the sentencing phase of his trial.

The same Lexington County jury that convicted him of five counts of murder last week must vote unanimously for the death penalty or Jones will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

Jones killed his five children , ages 1 to 8, in their Lexington home in August 2014.

Jones' lawyers say he deserves mercy because he was a good father with mental illnes s who snapped over drug use and single father stress.

Prosecutors say Jones is a selfish, angry man.