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Arraignment Hearing Held For Timothy Batts

Posted at 8:39 AM, Oct 21, 2016

An arraignment hearing was briefly held for the Hendersonville man accused of fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter.

The hearing got underway shortly after 8:30 a.m. Friday inside a Sumner County courtroom. Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Timothy Batts.

Batts has been accused of four charges, including reckless homicide and tampering with evidence. 

“First thing I want to go through is arraignment, Mr. Batts you’re here for arraignment today in criminal court. A  grand jury has charged you, sir, with reckless homicide, making false reports to law enforcement, tampering with evidence and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Are you aware of these charges," Judge Gay asked. 

"Yes sir,” Batts replied.  

Hendersonville detectives said Batts shot his daughter, Timea, when she came home from her first day of school. 

Batts said Timea startled him 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.