Hendersonville, Tenn. father accused of killing daughter fails drug test

(Courtesy: Hendersonville Police Department)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville, Tenn. father accused of shooting and killing his 11-year-old daughter as she came home from school has failed a drug test while out on bond.

Timothy Batts, 29, was released from Sumner County jail Friday after the judge decided his $1 million bond was too high and changed it to $500,000.

Family and friends packed the courtroom and cheered as the bond was lowered.

Officials will now file motions in court and Batts’ bond could be revoked.

Batts is accused of shooting and killing his daughter, Timea, as she came home from school Monday afternoon.

At the time of the shooting, he told officers his daughter entered the house and said she had been shot.

Once in custody, authorities said Batts changed his story and explained that he was asleep when Tamia came home. He reportedly said she scared him, leading him to reach for his gun and fire.

However, during a court hearing on Friday, Det. Neal Harris testified that home security footage actually showed Batts awake and walking around with a gun in his hand just minutes before his daughter came home.

Batts has been charged with reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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