An aspiring country singer allegedly shot a homeless man — but is there more to the story? Read on…
26-year old Katie Quackenbush, who goes by the stage name Katie Layne, has been charged with attempted murder of a homeless man near Nashville’s Music Row in Tennessee in an incident that occurred on August 26.
The facts in the case are disputed, however.
The attorney for a Tennessee woman who allegedly shot a homeless man who asked her move her Porsche in Nashville last month claims the man has a history of threatening locals.
Peter Strianse, who is representing 26-year-old Katie Quackenbush, said attorney Brian Manookian contacted her father and said he had installed security cameras around his office because the man had been accosting employees “in this same menacing and threatening way” for about a year, The Tennessean reported.
Strianse said Manookian also had surveillance tapes of the August 26 shooting of Gerald Melton, near Nashville’s Music Row, but hadn’t seen the videos yet. Metro police spokesman Don Aaron told the newspaper that he wasn’t aware of any footage.
Metro Nashville Police say that Melton was disturbed by loud music and exhaust fumes from Quackenbush’s Porsche SUV at 3 a.m. Melton asked her to move the SUV but they got into a shouting match and Quackenbush then exited the vehicle and shot him twice. She then fled the scene with another woman.
Quackenbush and her father, attorney Jesse Quackenbush, dispute this account.
She updated one of her music videos to denounce the negative media coverage of the incident.
“MEDIA LIES – SO MANY FACTS ABOUT THE CASE NOT BEING SHOWN ON MEDIA. INSTEAD OF JUDGING HOW ABOUT YOU LOOK INTO MORE INFORMATION. IM NOT A BAD PERSON,” read a rant posted underneath the video.
Her father came to her defense saying that his daughter felt threated by a homeless man banging on the window of her SUV in the early hours of the morning.
“He comes up to their window and starts screaming in their window various threats, and something about turning their music down and that he couldn’t sleep,” Jesse said.
Quackenbush, a mother of a five-year-old son, shot at Melton with her eyes closed, her father said.
He claims that Quackenbush never intended to shoot Melton, and she was firing ‘warning shots’ but had her eyes closed.
“I think she felt threatened, because she was threatened,” Strianse told The Tennessean. “She was dealing with somebody that came out of an extremely dark street in the early morning hours who comes out of nowhere and is banging violently on the car window. Somebody who appears to be either deranged, somebody who may be on some sort of drug, who seems completely unhinged, and that’s why she reacted the way that she did.”
Source: Fox News
Gerald Melton, also a talented musician, remains hospitalized with critical injuries.
It appears that there may be surveillance video as reported by WSMV Channel 4.
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Was it self defense or attempted murder?
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