The daughter of a woman killed by her abusive husband has a message for children

Richard Timmons was recently sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Jaz'na Timmons....
Richard Timmons was recently sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Jaz'na Timmons. (Source: WRDW)(WRDW)
Published: May. 30, 2019 at 5:12 PM EDT
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

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AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- The family of a woman shot and killed by her own husband is now speaking up. Her father says he'll never forget having to tell his granddaughter.

Richard Timmons was sentenced to life in prison two weeks ago for Jaz’na Timmons' murder. He still sits in Richmond County Jail, waiting to be transferred to prison.

As a part of their healing process, Timmons family does not keep pictures of her around the house. The 33-year-old mother was taken away.

"I think about her smile, her laugh,” Katie Outlaw, Jaz’na’s daughter, said.

Jaz’na was shot and killed at her job just as she was about to free herself from a decade old abusive relationship. The moment the mother of four was killed is forever cemented in the family’s minds.

“I remember we were in school,” Katie said. “We had to go on a hard lockdown and everybody was just confused as to what was going on. Until my teacher came and got me. "

Jaz’na’s father, Gerald Outlaw, barely remembers the day.

"If the bishop had not held my hand, I don't know where I would have ran to,” Gerald said. “All I could say was Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”

Katie remembers the violence her mom endured for most of her life.

"The situation was mostly abuse, verbal and physical,” Katie said.

It's taken months of counseling and prayer with her grandparents to be able to deliver this message to other kids.

"I will tell them that when you go to school let somebody know something is going on there,” Katie said. “Let your guidance counselor know, because if you don't let anybody know and you are silent then nothing changes and it's just what it is."

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