HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The widower of country singer Jean Shepard won’t face charges after shooting a 21-year-old man who attacked him and stabbed his granddaughter to death at his Hendersonville home.
The attack happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at Benny Birchfield’s Elnora Court residence just as he returned home.
Police said Birchfield called out to his 18-year-old granddaughter Icie Hawkins after hearing some sort of disturbance downstairs in the basement. After not receiving what police called an “appropriate response,” Birchfield went downstairs to check on her when he was confronted by Travis Sanders.
Sanders, who police said was Hawkins’ boyfriend, was armed with a large knife. He then attacked Birchfield, stabbing him in his head, neck and arm.
Police said Birchfield then fired as many as five shots at Sanders in self-defense. The 21-year-old died at