A 26-year-old Nashville woman was charged this Monday in the attempted murder of a homeless man and is being held on $25,000 bond, according to the Tennessean.
Police say that the man, identified as 54-year-old Gerard Melton, was “trying to sleep on the sidewalk” at around 3 a.m. when he “became disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV” which was owned by the suspect, Katie Layne Quackenbush.
When Melton asked Quackenbush to move the car, the two allegedly began yelling at each other.
From the Tennessean:
Police say that after Melton walked back to where he had been trying to sleep, Quackenbush got out of her vehicle with a gun and the argument continued. She allegedly fired two shots at Melton, who was wounded in the abdomen.
Melton reported that the shooter got back into the Porsche and left the scene.
But Quackenbush’s father, Texas attorney Jesse Quackenbush, claims his daughter was acting in self-defense after Melton threatened to kill her and her friend. He said his daughter only meant to fire two “warning shots” and “thought the gun was pointed away” from Melton because she had her eyes closed.
“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” Jesse Quackenbush said after his daughter was arrested. “She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him.”
She is scheduled to appear in court on October 6.