The Latest: Jury begins deliberating life or death for dad

11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard delivers closing arguments, showing pictures of the Jones children during the sentencing phase of the trial of Tim

11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard delivers closing arguments, showing pictures of the Jones children during the sentencing phase of the trial of Tim

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

11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard delivers closing arguments, showing pictures of the Jones children during the sentencing phase of the trial of Tim

11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard delivers closing arguments, showing pictures of the Jones children during the sentencing phase of the trial of Tim

Rick Hubbard, 11th Circuit Solicitor,  delivers closing arguments, pushing for the death penalty during the sentencing phase of the trial of Timothy J

Rick Hubbard, 11th Circuit Solicitor, delivers closing arguments, pushing for the death penalty during the sentencing phase of the trial of Timothy J

Tim Jones Sr., and his wife, Julie Jones listen as 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard delivers closing arguments, pushing for the death penalty, duri

Tim Jones Sr., and his wife, Julie Jones listen as 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard delivers closing arguments, pushing for the death penalty, duri

People from Saxe Gotha Elementary School fill the courtroom during the sentencing phase of the trial of Timothy Jones Jr. in Lexington, S.C. on Thursd

People from Saxe Gotha Elementary School fill the courtroom during the sentencing phase of the trial of Timothy Jones Jr. in Lexington, S.C. on Thursd

Timothy Jones Jr. sits in court for closing arguments during the sentencing phase of his trial in Lexington, S.C. on Thursday, June 13, 2019.  Jones,

Timothy Jones Jr. sits in court for closing arguments during the sentencing phase of his trial in Lexington, S.C. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Jones,

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a death penalty trial for a South Carolina father (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A jury in South Carolina has started deliberating whether a father gets the death penalty or life in prison for killing his five children

Jurors started discussing their decision around 1 p.m. Thursday.

If they don't vote unanimously for the death penalty against Timothy Jones Jr., he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The same Lexington County jury convicted Jones last week of five counts of murder in the deaths of his children, ages 1 to 8, in their Lexington home in August 2014.

Prosecutors said death was the only just choice because life in prison would be like sending Jones to his room to think about things.

Jones' lawyers asked for mercy because his family has already seen so much death and wants to still love Jones even through prison bars.

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11:45 a.m.

If jurors are unsure whether a South Carolina father should get the death penalty for killing his five children, a prosecutor says they should just consider the five garbage bags where he left their bodies in rural Alabama.

Solicitor Rick Hubbard told a jury Thursday that 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr. deserves to be executed instead of getting life in prison, which Hubbard said would be like sending "Timmy to his room."

Defense attorney Casey Secor asked jurors to punish Jones severely with life without parole, but show compassion for his family so they don't endure any more death.

The same Lexington County jury that convicted Jones of five counts of murder for killing his children , ages 1 to 8, in August 2014 will deliberate his sentence.

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1:05 a.m.

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 illness who snapped over drug use and single father stress.

Prosecutors say Jones is a selfish, angry man.