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Dad accused of killing his five kids waives court appearance

Timothy Ray Jones Jr., is escorted by lawmen out of the Smith County Jail in Raleigh, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 11.
Timothy Ray Jones Jr., is escorted by lawmen out of the Smith County Jail in Raleigh, Miss., Thursday, Sept. 11. AP

LEXINGTON, S.C. – The man who police say killed his five young children, then drove around for days with their decomposing bodies before dumping them on a rural Alabama road, has waived his first court appearance in South Carolina.

Timothy Ray Jones Jr.’s lawyer, Boyd Young, said in court Friday morning that his client did not want to appear.

Later Friday, 500 miles away in Amory, Mississippi, the five children, ages 1 to 8, will be remembered at a memorial. A poem will be read for each child, and there will be a balloon ceremony and a slide show.

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