Detective: Surveillance shows dad walking around with gun before daughter shot

Timothy Batts in court on Aug. 12, 2016. (Photo: WKRN)
Timothy Batts in court on Aug. 12, 2016. (Photo: WKRN)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – In a shocking revelation, authorities said in court that home surveillance shows the father accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter awake and holding a gun just moments before the shooting.

Detective Neal Harris testified during Sumner County court Friday morning that Timothy Batts’ story was “inconsistent.”

Det. Neal Harris testifying in Timothy Batts' case on Aug. 12, 2016. (Photo: WKRN)
Det. Neal Harris testifying in Timothy Batts’ case on Aug. 12, 2016. (Photo: WKRN)

At the time of the shooting, the 29-year-old father told police his daughter came home and reported she had been shot. Once in custody, police said Batts changed his story and explained he was asleep when she came home from school when she scared him, leading him to reach for his gun and fire.

However, on Friday, Det. Harris explained home security footage actually shows Batts awake and walking around with a gun in his hand just minutes before his daughter, Timea, arrived home from school.

“The video shows that five minutes before Timea arrived home from school, Mr. Batts was walking through his home, on the phone and with the gun in his hand at that time,” he explained.

The sixth grader was shot minutes later and died in under two hours at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The gun was later found to be in Nashville, according to police.

Timea Batts (Courtesy: Instagram)
Timea Batts (Courtesy: Instagram)

Batts faces charges of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and felony firearm possession.

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His bond was initially set at $1 million, but on Friday the judge ruled it was too high and lowered it to $500,000.

The decision led to cheers from friends and family inside the courtroom.

Prior to the hearing, more than 11,000 people had signed a Change.org petition that called for a lower bond and for Batts to be allowed to attend his daughter’s funeral.

Batts was released from the Sumner County jail on bond late Friday night.

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