Dad accused of killing his 5 children would ‘whip’ them, however wasn’t insane: ex

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The South Carolina dad on trial for killing his 5 younger kids was recognized to “whip” his children over minor issues — like spilling a drink — and would typically drive them to “stand within the nook on their tippy toes all day lengthy,” an ex-girlfriend stated Wednesday in court docket.

However the man was not “insane,” his ex testified — simply “overangry.”

“He ought to’ve calmed himself down earlier than he took self-discipline actions,” Chrystal Ballentine instructed jurors, in response to The Publish and Courier.

“I’ve by no means seen him have any type of signs of being insane,” she stated of her ex, Timothy Jones Jr., who’s dealing with the demise penalty. “He was performing off, however I don’t know if it’s madness.”

Ballentine claimed that there was nothing she might do about Jones’ mood and excessive disciplining, which additionally included alleged beatings with belts. She stated the 2 of them met in 2012 whereas she was working as his babysitter — and simply 17-years-old.

“I might hear it and couldn’t do nothing about it,” Ballentine defined. “Each time I did, we’d get in a battle. It prompted loads of battle.”

Jones, who’s pleading not responsible by purpose of madness, is accused of murdering his kids — ages 1, 2, 6, 7, and eight — in August 2014. He confessed to the killings after his arrest, along with his protection staff arguing {that a} schizophrenic dysfunction had created voices in his head, which compelled him to hold them out.

Ballentine, nonetheless, claims it’s all a sham.

“He knew what was proper and unsuitable,” she stated. “He knew about God — what it’s best to do in life. He was fairly positive of himself and fairly positive of every little thing.”

The younger girl spoke extremely of Jones, regardless of the accusations in opposition to him.

“Cooking, cleansing, washing garments — that was the mother or father Tim was,” she instructed jurors, calling him “great.”

“Total, Tim was higher than your common mother or father,” Ballentine added. “Most likely higher than I’m.”

Prosecutors say Jones, 37, flew right into a rage and strangled all however considered one of his kids — whose reason behind demise has not been revealed — after he discovered considered one of them toying with {an electrical} outlet of their dwelling. Jones claims the bloodbath began after he by accident killed his 6-year-old son Nahtahn by forcing him to do squats and push-ups for a number of hours as punishment.

Ballentine and her mother-in-law, Ruby Durney — who additionally testified Wednesday — each insist although that Jones was an “wonderful father.”

“I don’t suppose something might go unsuitable if he was the daddy of your children,” Durney stated.

Jones’ father, Timothy Jones Sr., gave a a lot completely different description of him after taking the stand Wednesday.

“He’s only a sick man,” stated Jones Sr., noting how the alleged killer’s mom was despatched to a psychological establishment for schizophrenia. “It’s unlucky. It’s simply unhealthy DNA, I suppose.”

With Publish wires