Police are trying to determine what led to a bloody incident at the home of the late country music pioneer Jean Shepard in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside Nashville. The AP reports that the incident left two people dead and one man wounded.
When authorities arrived they found Benny Birchfield, 79, Shepard’s former husband, stabbed and bleeding near the house.
“Inside, police discovered 21-year-old Travis Sanders shot to death,” the AP reports. “Birchfield’s granddaughter, 18-year-old Icie Hawkins, was also found with what police described as self-defense wounds and upper body injuries. She later died.”
The report adds: “Birchfield told police he heard a disturbance and went to the basement, where Sanders confronted him and stabbed him. Birchfield shot Sanders several times.” Birchfield reportedly acted in self-defense and will not face charges.
Shepard, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who starred on the Grand Ole Opry and was one of the pioneers among women in the country music business, died Sept. 25 of Parkinson’s disease at age 82.