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Father who fatally shot 11-year-old daughter won't be re-tried

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Timothy Batts (middle) with his lawyers during the trial. JOSH CROSS

Timothy Batts will not be retried on the charge of reckless homicide in the Aug. 8, 2016 fatal shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter, Timea.

A convicted felon who first told police his daughter had been shot after getting off the school bus on the first day of school, Batts was charged with reckless homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence and false reporting.

After a three-day trial, a jury found the father guilty July 20 of the firearms charge, but deadlocked on the most serious charge of reckless homicide. He was acquitted of the other two charges.

During a status hearing on Aug. 25, Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay announced that a "resolution" had been reached between Batts' attorneys and Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley regarding the reckless homicide charge.

Whitley confirmed after the hearing that a plea agreement had been reached; adding Judge Gay asked that the agreement not be discussed until a sentencing hearing on Sept. 1.

At that time Batts, 30, will be sentenced on both charges, according to Whitley.

Felony possession of a firearm and reckless homicide are both Class D felonies that carry two- to four-year prison sentences.

Batts will likely receive credit for the time he has served in jail. He has remained in the Sumner County Jail since his bond was revoked on Sept. 14, 2016 for failing a court-mandated drug test.

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