AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – On February 9, 2018, Army Veteran Richard Lyle Timmons drove to his wife, Jaz-na Timmon's job, at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
He called his estranged wife multiple times that day, according to investigators.
His wife, Jaz-na Timmons, served him with divorce and custody papers three days before.
According to the divorce papers, Jaz-na was "forced" to live in Safe Homes twice, in November 2016 and April 2017 and her husband, Richard Timmons "committed various acts of emotional, verbal and physical abuse towards her during the course of the marriage."
In his final act of violence, Timmons shot and killed his wife in the parking lot of the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
Timmons wasn't found until a week later. U.S. Marshalls tracked him to Grand Prarie, TX where he was arrested trying to board a plane to New York.
The next day, a Richmond County homicide investigator questioned Timmons.
He told the investigator he could not remember driving to his wife's job or shooting her.
"I honestly, don't even know. I don't even know," said Timmons in an interview in Feb. 2018.
In the interview, Timmons told investigators he blacked out, only realizing what he'd done on the way to TX.
"I knew that my gun was not on my hip and I could smell gun smoke in the car. I guess I kind of put two and two together," Timmons told investigators.
Investigators explained to Timmons what was seen on the parking lot surveillance cameras, even showing him the video from one of the camera angles.
The investigator talking to Timmon's said Richard and Jaz-na Timmons spoke briefly in the parking lot on Feb. 9 before Timmons fired "multiple shots" at her.
The investigator told Timmons in the interview footage "She falls. You see her fall. You walk up on her and you put one right in her head."
The investigator said "That's what I am trying to understand. How did that happen? You walked up, put one in her head. No remorse."
More than a year later, Timmons pleaded guilty in her death on the basis of mental illness. Timmons was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
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