The police are investigating the slaughter in the late Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard’s home

Singer Jean Shepard.


Tennessee Police are investigating what led to two people were killed and a man stabbed in the house of the late “grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry” singer Jean Shepard.

Hendersonville Police Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn tells the news outlets that arrive with the officials of Shepard’s husband, 79-year-old Benny Birchfield, wounded and bloody outside the house on Saturday.

Within the police discovered the 21-year-old Travis Sanders shot. Birchfield’s granddaughter, 18-year-old Icie Hawkins was also found with what police described as self-defense wounds and upper body injuries. She died later.

Birchfield told the police that he heard a disturbance and went to the basement, where Sanders confronted him and stabbed him. Birchfield shot Sanders multiple times.

Vaughn says Birchfield, who was admitted to the hospital, was acting in self-defense and will not face charges in Sanders’ death.

Shepard, who had a long recording career as an influential woman in country music, died in September. She was 82.

Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955, and helped set the standard for women in country music, choosing the tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group. In 2005 she became the first female singer to reach 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member, according to the Opry’s website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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