A mother whose five children were murdered by their father left a courtroom stunned when she asked for him NOT to be executed.
Amber Kyzer broke down in tears as she was called to testify at the trial of ex-husband Timothy Jones Jr.
She said she wished mercy on him despite hearing horrific details of how he killed the youngsters in August 2014.
He accidentally killed one of their sons by making him do an excessive number of push-ups and squats for an hour before strangling the other four.
He then drove them across several American states for nine days before dumping their bagged bodies off a dirt road.
Jones, 37, who was found guilty last week, claimed an angry gremlin voice in his head told him to murder Abigail, one, Gabriel, two, Nahtahn, six, Elias, seven and Merah, eight, at their home in South Carolina, US.
The jury is considering whether Jones should be executed or jailed for life. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Amber told the courtroom: “I hear what my kids went through and endured and, as a mother, if I could personally rip his face off, I would.
“That’s the momma bear in me, wanting him to feel everything they felt. I don’t personally feel I have the right to put anyone’s life in my hands.
“The mom in me says, ‘Fry him, absolutely.’ But I’m a strong believer in no death penalty.
“He did not show my children any mercy by any means. But my kids loved him and if I’m speaking on behalf of my kids and not myself, that’s what I have to say.”
She added: “I pray for you often, and I say that without excusing what he’s done.
“I say that wholeheartedly from the depths of my soul. There’s been so much loss.”
Asked by defense attorney Boyd Young whether she wanted mercy, she responded: “I do. I don’t say it lightly. He did not show my children mercy by any means, but my children loved him.”
She then looked straight at Jones, a former Intel computer engineer, and said, “Nothing justifies what you’ve done. There’s nothing you could possibly say to justify what you’ve done to my babies.”
At an earlier hearing, Amber collapsed screaming as devastating details emerged. It is being described as one of the most horrific murder cases in the state’s history.
The judge at at Lexington County Court halted the case as the distraught mum screamed and cried before being helped from the floor as the jury asked to leave the room, reports The Post and Courier .
She shouted: “My babies, my babies. Oh God, I’m so sorry.
“I miss my babies, I want my babies. I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.
“They are my babies, they should still be here.”
The trial had heard how Jones had received custody of the five children after the couple divorced.
Amber previously explained how she felt it was the right decision as at the time as she didn’t have a job or a car.
She saw the children every Saturday at a Chick-fil-A restaurant.
She said in court: “I did not want him to be a primary caregiver, but he was the better provider
“I thought I was making the best decision I could as a mother.”
Jones, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, said in a police recording previously played to jurors that he accidentally killed Nahtahn by making him do an excessive number of push-ups and squats for an hour.
He then deliberately strangled the others.
He used a belt to choke the youngest two because his hands were too big, according to prosecutors.
A coroner told the court how the dumped children’s bodies had been found in a state of decomposition.
He described to 18 jurors chosen for the case how two of the bodies had been attacked by animals and another showed signs someone had tried to remove one of the children’s legs.
Amber also read out a letter in court that she had written to eight-year-old Mereh, explaining why the couple, who met in 2004 while working at a Chicago theme park, were living separately.
In it, the heartbroken mum said: “Merah, my sweet, sweet daughter, I know that your heart feels heavy and you feel really sad.
“I want to reassure you, sweetheart, that you along with your brothers and sister mean everything to me. Mommy and Daddy were very blessed …”
An earlier hearing heard that the last words Merah to her father before he killed her were: “Daddy, I love you,” authorities claim.
Merah was said to have witnessed the cold-blooded killing of her younger brother Elias.
Testifying during the trial in Lexington County, which began May 14, US media reports FBI Agent David Mackey said: “Next he goes to his daughter, Merah Gracie and he kills her in the same manner.
“According to Mr Jones, before he strangled her, Merah said, ‘Daddy, I love you.’”
After writing down a whole range of chilling plans to kill his kids – such as ‘Head to campground’, ‘Melt bodies’ and ‘Saw & bones to dust or small pieces…sanitation plant’ – the murderer finally buried the bodies on a rural hillside near Camden, Alabama.
The court heard Jones was arrested at a drink-driving checkpoint in Smith County, Mississippi, on September 6, 2014 after police smelled a terrible odour they described as the “smell of death”.
During a search of the Cadillac Escalade car, police found a bucket of chemicals, blood, maggots and children’s clothes.
Jones was recorded saying: “A voice says, ‘Why don’t you burn the bodies?’ Another voice says, ‘Why don’t you cut them up and feed them to hogs?’ Another said, ‘Why don’t you put them in concrete?'”, Fox News reports .
The hearing continues.