Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 1, 2014

Civil suit in Batty murder set for trial


Staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — A civil lawsuit filed by a Fairfield Glade murder victim's two surviving sons has been set for trial in Circuit Court in Cumberland County in September, according to court records.

Travis Batty and Turner Batty, the adult children of Kimberly Ann Batty who was murdered Nov. 7, 2012, in her Dovenshire Dr., are suing John Russell Giles Jr., formerly of Hampton Lane in Fairfield Glade.

Giles was convicted by a Cumberland County jury Friday and sentenced to 51 years in prison at 100 percent under state law.

The brothers — residents of the New York City area — filed suit Aug. 28, 2013, claiming Giles "unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation" killed Batty. The suit adds that it is believed by the two sons that the actions of Giles were intentional.

The suit is asking for damages for the loss of companionship, love, affection, care and services of their monther, for pain, suffering, funeral expenses, loss of part or all of the enjoyment of life and any other expenses associated with the death.

The suit is requesting a jury set the punitive and compensatory damages owed to the brothers.

Lane Moore of the Cookeville firm of Moore, Radar and Fitzpatrick is representing the Batty brothers. Giles is being represented by his criminal trial attorneys, Randal Boston and Kevin Bryant.

On Jan. 29, Circuit Court Judge Amy V. Hollars set Sept. 5 as a trial for the civil suit.