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

By JEFFREY COLLINS, AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. — 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.

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.

, ages 1 to 8, in their Lexington home in August 2014.

s who snapped over drug use and single father stress.

man.

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