Husband and Granddaughter of Late Country Singer
Jean Shepard Found Stabbed In Home, One Fatally
Two people have been found dead at the Tennessee home of the late country singer Jean Shepard, including her 18-year-old granddaughter. Icie Hawkins was reportedly stabbed multiple times while her boyfriend, 21-year-old Travis Sanders, died from a gunshot wound. Shepard’s husband Benny Birchfield, 79, also suffered multiple stab wounds but is reportedly expected to recover after undergoing surgery at the hospital. Police said they are not searching for a suspect in the attacks.
Hendersonville police said they were called to the home at about 3 a.m. Saturday and found Birchfield wounded in the front yard when they arrived. After interviewing Birchfield, who married Shepard 1968, officers were satisfied that “the situation was contained at the house, according to reports. Police also said they do not have a motive yet. Shepard, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, died of Parkinson’s disease in September at the age of 85.