[UPDATED] Amarillo Lawyer’s Daughter in Jail for Attempted Murder of a Homeless Man
The daughter of lawyer Jesse Quackenbush was arrested for attempted murder of a homeless man in Nashville, Tennessee.
Katie Layne Quackenbush, 26, was charged with attempted murder for shooting 54-year old Gerald Melton. She was booked into a Midtown Hills Precinct jail on Monday and given a $25,000 bond.
According to Jesse Quackenbush, Katie’s father, and local attorney, the act self-defense:
“This man then comes down to my daughter’s vehicle and starts screaming that’s she’s a Bleep bleep bleep and he was going to kill her if she didn’t turn her music down.”
“My daughter told him ‘I have a gun. Get the F away from me’, “She pulled off one round as a means of warning, not intending to hit him or kill him. She thought she pointed far enough away from him to just scare him away, and he kept coming and she shot another round.”
Sept. 12 – According to a press release from the Midtown Hills Precinct in Nashville:
Midtown Hills Precinct detectives tonight charged Katie Quackenbush, 26, with attempted murder for the August 26th shooting of a homeless man outside 901 19th Avenue South near Music Row.
The victim, Gerald Melton, 54, was critically wounded and remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The investigation, which is being led by Detective Anthony Chandler, shows that Melton was trying to sleep on the sidewalk at 3 a.m. when he became disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV. Melton said he asked the driver of the Porsche, alleged to have been Quackenbush, to move the vehicle. An argument ensued, with both parties yelling at each other. Melton said he walked back to where he was attempting to sleep. Quackenbush is alleged to have gotten out of the Porsche armed and, as the argument continued, fired two shots at Melton. He suffered a critical abdominal wound. He said the shooter got back into the Porsche and fled.
Bond for Quackenbush, of 45th Avenue North, is set at $25,000.