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The jury in the Timothy Batts trial is hung on a reckless homicide charge



The jury is hung on a reckless homicide charge in the trial of Timothy Batts, our affiliate WZTV reports.

Batts was found not guilty of attempted tampering, guilty of a felon in possession of a weapon in Gallatin, Tennessee. The jury is hung on the reckless homicide charge.

Batts is accused of shooting his daughter Timea on the first day of school in 2016. She later died at a local hospital.

The trial lasted three days.

Batts and his attorneys had maintained immediately after the shooting and throughout the trial that he believed someone entered his home illegally on August 8, 2016.

About 2:44 p.m. CST, home surveillance video captured Batts entering his home, gun in his right hand and cell phone pressed to his ear with his left hand. Batts contended he had placed the gun under a dresser, taken off his shoes and laid down to get some sleep before his children arrived home from school.

Just minutes later as he was "dozing" off but not in a full sleep, Batts testified he heard something in the house and called out asking "who's there? who in there?"

Batts says there was no reply and he saw a shadow. He grabbed a handgun located in a case under his dresser and fired. Batts testified that he fired without first seeing who it was.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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