Three days before an Augusta man allegedly shot his wife to death in the middle of the day on Friday, he was served with divorce papers that contended he was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive.
Jaz-na O. Timmons, 34, died in the parking lot of the Georgia War Veterans nursing home where she worked. An arrest warrant was issued for Richard Lyle Timmons Jr., 29. He has not been found yet.
Jaz-na Timmons married her husband May 17, 2010. Both served in the Army.
She filed for divorce Feb. 1. She also filed an emergency motion to establish temporary custody of their two children, contending that Timmons took their children out of daycare without her knowledge on Jan. 30 and took them to North Carolina.
Timmons had been stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.
Jaz-na Timmons contended in her divorce petition that her husband is bipolar and suffering from depression and post traumatic stress disorder but refused to take his medication or attend counseling. She was scared of what he might do, according to the petition.
Timmons was abusive emotional, verbally and physically, according to the petition, and she sought help through domestic violence service Safe Homes of Augusta in November 2016 and again in April 2017.
Aimee Hall, executive director of Safe Homes, said she could not reveal the names of anyone who seeks help through Safe Homes. In general, however, the most dangerous time for an abuse survivor is when she decides to leave the abuser. The violence is about power and control, and the abuser is most dangerous when that is threatened, Hall said.
Anyone who decides to leave an abuser needs to have a safety plan in place, Hall said. Keep the plan secret from the abuser, but ensure someone at work knows what is going on. Safe Homes can help with those plans, she said. Safe Homes can also help employers with training for human resource management, Hall said.
In 1997, Timmons father, Richard Timmons Sr., murdered his wife, Annita, and his 7-year-old son by cutting off their heads, and he stabbed to death his 13-year-old stepson. According to reports in New York City newspapers, he had been physically abusive.
A month before the June 8, 1997, killings, the senior Timmons was given a suspended sentence for assaulting his wife, breaking her eye socket. The articles do not mention a third child in the home. The junior Timmons would have been about 8 years old.
Timmons put a picture of the grave stone for Annita Stewart and her sons on his Facebook page.
According to Jaz-na Timmons’ petition, Timmons mental instability tended to increase during holidays and on the anniversary of his family’s murders. His recent behavior indicated he was on the verge of another episode and she feared for the safety of the children, according to the petition.
According to court documents, Timmons was served with the divorce petition on Tuesday.
There wasn’t a petition for a temporary order of protection filed for Jaz-na Timmons.
Superior Court Judge J. Wade Padgett said a temporary order of protection isn’t a guarantee of safety, but it at least puts the accused abuser on notice that he cannot contact or go near his alleged victim, and it gives police the ability to arrest the abuser if he violates the order.
Anyone with information about Timmons’ whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. He was last seen driving a 2010 white Chevrolet Traverse with Georgia tag number VFM202.
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