Timothy Batts Trial Begins; Officer Takes The Stand

Posted at 8:46 AM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 23:45:21-04

The jury that will decide the fate of Hendersonville father, Timothy Batts, who allegedly shot and killed his daughter, heard opening statements and testimonies in the first day of the trial.

The 12-member jury in the Timothy Batts trial is made up of five men and seven women. 

Batts allegedly shot and killed his 11-year-old daughter, Timea, in their Sumner County home in August 2016. She had just returned home from her first day of 6th grade. 

Batts told detectives he thought Timea was an intruder when she came in while he was sleeping. However, police claim they have surveillance video of Batts walking around the home with a gun before she came home. 

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, felon in possession of a firearm and filing a false report.

In May, Batts' attorneys asked for a sequestered jury and a change of venue. The judge denied both requests.

After both the prosecution and defense gave their opening statements, an officer and detective with the Hendersonville Police Department took the stand.

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