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Trial for father accused of reckless homicide continues

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Timothy Batts during testimony on Tuesday. JOSH CROSS

Day three of the homicide trial for Timothy Batts, the Hendersonville man accused of fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter Timea in 2016, continues today.

A Sumner County jury of five men and seven women were chosen on Monday to decide whether Batts, a father of four, was guilty of reckless homicide, concealing evidence, filing a false police report and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He has pleaded not guilty.

During the first two days of the trial before Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay, prosecutors Ray Whitley, Sumner County District Attorney General and Katie Walker, an assistant DA, and defense attorneys Joy Kimbrough, Derrick Scretchen and Doak Patton painted vastly different pictures of Batts and his alleged crimes.

On Wednesday, Gay threw out the charge of filing a false police report based on case law presented earlier by Batts' attorney.

For the latest update pick up a copy of the Hendersonville Standard on Thursday.

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