Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 14, 2012

Special grand jury hands down murder indictment

Suspect charged in FFG slaying

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — The man who called police and reported finding his girlfriend not breathing in her Fairfield Glade home in November is now charged with her death after a special grand jury met Wednesday morning.

John Giles Jr., 61, 109 Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, is charged with first-degree murder and was arrested at his home late Wednesday afternoon without incident. He was taken to the Cumberland County Justice Center where he was booked and is being held in lieu of a $2 million bond, according to Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Casey Cox.

He stands accused in the slaying of Kimberly Batty, 52, of 154 Donvenshire Dr., located just off St. George Dr.

An ambulance and Fairfield Glade Security responded to a call from Batty's home of a female being found unresponsive and not breathing, but when Glade public safety officers arrived, officers became suspicious as to what what caused the woman's death and asked for assistance from the sheriff's department. Batty's body was found in the living room of her home and appearances led investigators to believe that she has suffered mortal wounds as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. The resulting autopsy also revealed she had been strangled.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also dispatched an investigator and following several weeks of an intensive investigation, evidence was presented to the District Attorney's Office and, according to Deputy District Attorney General Gary McKenzie, the evidence warranted presentation to the special sitting of the grand jury.

An indictment is a written legal document framed by a prosecutor outlying charges of an offense against a citizen and agreed upon by a panel of citizens. It is not a finding of guilt, but a process by which cases are forwarded to Criminal Court where a trial is held or plea is entered.

Batty moved to Fairfield Glade from the Kansas City area just over a year ago and worked as an employee of the Community Club Conference Center pool. She attended the Kansas University of Nursing School and had worked as a nurse. She was also fond of horseback riding. Investigators said she was the mother of two adult children, but had no other ties to Cumberland County or Tennessee.

The suspect is reportedly retired from the U.S. Army and also has no other ties to the Cumberland County area. Cox stated that Batty and Giles had been in a relationship about four months prior to her death.

Giles will face arraignment on Jan. 25.