Through Dec. 30, we are looking back at some of the stories that made headlines in 2014 – and seeing how things played out.
One of the Midlands’ largest mass killings in recent decades shocked residents last summer.
Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, is accused of killing his five children – Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Elaine, 1 – at the family home Aug. 28 in Red Bank.
Jones, who turns 33 Friday , drove around the Southeast for more than a week before being stopped Sept. 6 at a traffic safety check in Raleigh, Miss., authorities have said.
The children – who had been reported missing earlier along with Jones – were not with him.
Their bodies were found in plastic garbage bags Sept. 9 outside Camden, Ala., after Jones led investigators there, according to authorities.
Jones – a former convict in Illinois – told investigators he believed his children planned to kill him and then “chop him up and feed him to the dogs,” according to an arrest warrant. State social services officials and deputies also looked into complaints of child and spouse abuse involving the family.
Little new has emerged since Circuit Judge Thomas Russo imposed restrictions on comment by officials and witnesses in the Jones case.
Some court records also are sealed in advance of the trial, which may not occur until 2016.
Prosecutors have yet to say whether the death penalty will be sought as Jones’ lawyers called likely in seeking the gag order.
Meanwhile, Lexington officials are considering a proposal to place a privately-funded memorial for abused children that will be dedicated to the Jones youngsters in a town park.