Judge revokes bond of father accused of shooting daughter

Timothy Batts (Photo: WKRN)
Timothy Batts (Photo: WKRN)

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A judge revoked the bond of a Hendersonville father accused of shooting and killing his 11-year-old daughter when she came home from school last month.

Timothy Batts is accused of shooting Timea on Aug. 8 at their Sumner County home on Shady View Drive.

On Wednesday, he appeared in court for a preliminary hearing and bond hearing.

Detective Neil Harris was among the officers who testified.

He said a bullet hole was found in a living room wall at the family’s home and a .40 caliber shell casing in the master bedroom.

Timothy Batts (Photo: WKRN)

“There was a bullet hole in that wall and there was blood splatter on either side of the adjacent walls,” Detective Harris said.

Harris went on to say detectives reviewed four different videos and that a video from home surveillance showed Batts walking around with a gun and on the phone.

The detective said five minutes later, the video shows Timea jumping in a manner that showed she had been shot.

Judge Hunter ultimately ruled Batts’ case would be bound to a grand jury next month.

“We have a little 11-year-old girl that was innocent and sweet as she could be and she was shot and gunned down in her own home,” District Attorney Ray Whitley said.

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

Batts is charged with reckless homicide and a felon in possession of a firearm, among other charges.

He was released from jail last month on a $500,000 bond. Three days later, the 29-year-old failed a drug test.

His attorney argued there is no proof Batts used cocaine from the time he bonded out and was tested.

A drug testing expert said during testimony the drug test shows Batts may have used cocaine within three days of testing.

“There is some variance in drug concentration in urine depending on how fast a person metabolizes a drug, but the general consensus is that at 149 milligrams per mil that this was a positive sample meaning that this was used in the past three days,” Director of a drug testing facility, Amy Helphan, explained.

According to his attorney, Batts has since passed all other weekly drug tests.

“He’s passed many, many tests since then. We felt that under the law that there wasn’t sufficient reason to revoke his bond,” Attorney John Pelligrin told News 2.

Batts, who was wearing a necklace with his daughter’s photo on it, was immediately taken into custody following the court hearing.

He is due back in court on October 21.

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