A Lexington County man accused of murdering his five children and eventually dumping their bodies in Alabama has waived his right to a bond hearing, saying in a statement that he does not want to be “parading” in front of the media.
Tim Jones, Jr., 32, made the comment in a brief filed by his attorneys before a scheduled bond hearing Friday morning.
“Since this hearing is for the sole purpose of parading me in front of the media, it is my wish to waive my appearance,” the brief stated.
Jones will stay in a state prison until his next court appearance in November. Lexington County Lewis McCarty had said he believed Jones’ life would be at risk if he was kept in the Lexington County Detention Center.
“I would be concerned about his safety in the Lexington County jail,” McCarty told reporters earlier this week. Jones has been placed on suicide watch.
His attorney Aimee Zmroczek said her client knows he is being “portrayed as a monster,” in the public eye.
“He’s just a man and he’s trying to deal with the situation,” Zmroczek told reporters after the hearing.