Judge revokes bond for Hendersonville man accused of killing daughter

HENDERSONVILLE - A judge has revoked the bond for Timothy Batts, the Hendersonville man accused of shooting and killing his 11-year-old daughter.

Batts had been out on bond for about a month. During Wednesday morning's hearing, he and his family listened to detectives describe the day of Timea Batts' death.

Hendersonville police said Batts had security cameras inside the family's home. Timea had just come home from school when she was shot in August.

One video clip showed her father holding a gun while on the phone inside the home. Another clip shows the 11-year-old after she was shot and Batts taking her away.

Batts told police he thought someone was breaking into his home, but he initially told police a different story. Detectives told the court Batts lied to avoid arrest so he could stay with Timea at the hospital.

“He believed if he told them the truth about what happened, he would’ve been arrested at that time and he said he wanted to stay with Timea and be a part of what was going to happen,” said Det. Neal Harris with the Hendersonville Police Department.

Prosecutors also called witnesses to the stand in an effort to revoke Batts' bond. One condition of his bond was passing a drug test. He failed the first one but passed others in the following weeks.

In the end, Judge James Hunter said Batts violated his bond conditions and there would be no second chances.

“I’m just concerned about the drug use,” Hunter said. “Cocaine is a bad drug. It’s a very addictive drug. He’s already been through this a few years ago.”

Batts was returned to jail immediately. He is now being held without bond.

Batts was convicted of felony drug charges in 2006.

Outside the courthouse, family members came to Batts’ defense.

“He never did drugs. That boy never did drugs and I think it was wrong,” said Shirley McKnight, Batts’ aunt.

It was also revealed during the hearing that Batts had some issues when giving a urine sample for the drug test on Aug. 25. The drug test administrator testified it took almost an hour and four different samples to get enough urine for the tests.

This story originally appeared on WSMV.com.


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