Benny Birchfield, the late singer Jean Shepard’s husband was admitted to hospital after his granddaughter’s boyfriend pulled a knife on her. 18-year-old Icie Hawkins was dating 21-year-old Travis Sanders for almost a year. According to Icie’s mother, Velvet Sloan, she broke up with him after she discovered Sanders was stealing money from her.
During a heated fight on Saturday, December 17th, Travis Sanders pulled a knife out and stabbed Icie Hawkins. Benny Birchfield took his gun out and shot the teenager. However, before Sanders was stopped, he managed to stab Mr. Birchfield, as well. The late singer’s husband was admitted to hospital, but he is now out of dangers, after the doctors released him on Monday.
When the Hendersonville police officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the wounded Benny Birchfield wounded in the driveway. When the law enforcement agents entered the house, they found Travis Sanders dead from a .38 caliber gunshot wound. Even though Icie Hawkins was rushed to the hospital, she was later pronounced dead.
According to the initial reports, the incident took place on the 200 block of Elnora Court, around 3 a.m. on December 17th. Icie’s mother says that the teenage girl was helping her grandfather with chores around the house after his wife who was suffering from Parkinson’s passed away earlier this year.
Furthermore, according to the local reporters, law enforcement officers are not currently searching for other suspects. Based on the conditions at the crime scene and Benny Birchfield’s account, the police officers have concluded that the incident was “contained at the house”, according to Sgt. Jim Vaughn.
However, even though all police has all the details related to the location, timeframe, and suspects, the law enforcement officers do not yet have a clear motive for the attack. Detective Sgt., Jim Vaughn with the Hendersonville Police Department says that an investigation has been launched into the matter in order to determine what caused the young man to leash out and brutally murder his girlfriend.
Velvet Sloan, the victim’s mother said that final arrangements will be made after the police department concludes the investigation via a Facebook post. She also took the opportunity to express her gratitude towards the people who were closest to Icie and their affection for her daughter.
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