Police: Boyfriend Stabbed Jean Shepard’s Granddaughter, Husband

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Tuesday police released new details after two people were killed and one was injured in stabbing attack at the home of the late country legend Jean Shepard over the weekend.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 200 block of Elnora Court.

When officers got to the home they found Shepard’s husband, 79-year-old Benny Birchfield, at the front of the home, wounded and bloody.

He told officers he had been stabbed and that he shot someone inside the home. Birchfield was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

Once inside the home, police found Shepard’s granddaughter 18-year-old Icie Hawkins clinging to life. Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Travis Sanders, was dead. 

“It was an extremely bloody crime scene,” said Hendersonville Police Spokesperson Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn.

He said Hawkins was rushed to the hospital but died on the way.

Birchfield told police he arrived home and heard a disturbance in the basement. He

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