Sheriff Lewis McCarty recognized the sharp stench of death during a routine stop of Timothy Ray Jones Jr.’s vehicle — and captured a sick monster who eventually led authorities to the makeshift graves of his five young children.
Jones, 33, faces the death penalty for their violent murders, The National ENQUIRER has learned.
“In all my years in law enforcement, I have never seen a case like this,” said Lewis, sheriff of Lexington County, S.C.
Jones, who earned $71,000 a year with a technology company, was granted custody of the children in a 2013 divorce.
Authorities said he beat son Nahtahn, 6, to death and strangled the other children, Merah, 8, Elias, 7, Gabriel, 2, and Elaine, 1, in August 2014.
The heartless dad then stuffed their little bodies in individual trash bags, loaded them into his Cadillac Escalade and drove through three states for nine days.
Eventually, he dumped them in a shallow grave on the side of a road in Alabama, according to prosecutors.
On Sept. 6, 2014, police in Mississippi stopped the demon dad at a DUI checkpoint and found him “high as a kite” on synthetic marijuana, according to prosecutors.
They also found maggots, blood, children’s clothes and handwritten notes about mutilating bodies in the SUV, according to police reports.
After being hauled in for questioning, Jones confessed to his horrifying crimes and led investigators to the corpses, authorities said.
He told cops he slaughtered his kids because he was afraid they “were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs,” authorities said.
Jones’ attorney said he’s been treated for mental health issues in the past, and a judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation.
The creep was investigated twice for child abuse in the months leading up to the horrific crime. Neighbors claimed he was volatile, dressed the children in dirty clothes and constantly threatened to call cops over minor disputes.
Marlene Hyder said Jones warned he’d kill one of her dogs if it crossed his property, adding: “He was a nut.”