Granddaughter of late country singer stabbed to death by ex, who was later fatally shot by grandfather


The husband of late country singer Jean Shepard shot and killed his teenage granddaughter's ex-boyfriend while trying to save her from being stabbed to death in their Nashville home, but it was too late, according to reports.

Police received a call to the home at 3 a.m. on Saturday and found 79-year-old Benny Birchfield lying in the front yard of the home with stab wounds while his granddaughter, 18-year-old Icie Sloan-Hawkins, was inside also suffering from stab wounds.

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She was transported to the hospital but later died, according to reports.

Her ex-boyfriend, Travis Sanders, was found dead in the house of a gunshot wound inflicted by Birchfield, reports said. Police said Birchfield fired 5 shots.

Birchfield reportedly heard the former couple fighting in the basement. Sanders reportedly attacked Birchfield with a knife, and Birchfield shot Sanders, Sloan told the paper.

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Jean Shepard, late 1950s.

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Jean Shepard performs on the Grand Ole Opry with band and Webb Pierce (standing at music stand), in background, c. 1956. Don Helms front left on steel. Duke of Paducah (Whitey Ford) seated at far right.

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Jean Shepard standing with horse. as Hawkshaw Hawkins looks on, late 1950s or very early 1960s.

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Jean Shepard , backed by Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours, performing on multi-artist CMA Extravaganza, unidentified venue, Louisville, Kentucky, March 8, 1959. CMA had been organized in 1958. It soon staged multi-artist performances to raise money for the organization and establish its visibility.

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Ray Price, Faron Young, Jean Shepard, Chet Atkins, and Slim Whitman backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. L-R: Price, Young, Shepard, unidentified man, unidentified man, Atkins, Whitman. Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, late 1950s or early 1960s.

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Jean Shepard backstage at Wilderness Campground, June 14, 1980.

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Capitol recording artist Jean Shepard (seated) and two unidentified women, all holding 45-rpm recordings issued on the Capitol label. This may a photo taken at Capitol's Nashville office, or at Jean's home. Nashville, Tennessee, late 1950s or early 1960s.

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Host Kix Brooks looks on as Jean Shepard HOF Inductee gives thanks for her honor at The CMA Announcement of Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire and Jean Shepard as newest members of Country Music Hall of Fame at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 1, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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(L-R) Kyle Young, Kix Brooks, Jean Shepard, Bobby Braddock, and Steve Moore attends the announcement of the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 1, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Charlie McCoy and Jean Shepard attends the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony induction at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Reba McEntire, Bobby Braddock and Jean Shepard attends the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony induction at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Recording Artists Jean Shepard and Vince Gill chat during the taping of RFD TV's 'Larry's Country Diner' Day 2 at NorthStar Studios on February 24, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Recording Artists Jim Ed Brown and Recording Artist/Member of the Grand Ole Opry Jean Shepard attends the RFD TV taping of 'Larry's Country Diner' Day 1, at NorthStar Studios on February 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Sloan-Hawkins' mother, Velvet Sloan, told The Tennessean that her daughter dated Sanders, 21, earlier that year but they'd broken up after a tumultuous relationship

Sloan-Hawkins' had been living with her grandpa since the death of her grandmother in September, who died of Parkinson's disease.

"It's just such a shame," Bob Adams, Velvet Sloan's fiancé, told the paper. "She was a wonderful girl and a wonderful person, and for this to happen to her, it could happen to anybody."

Sloan also said Sanders did not live at the residence.

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Birchfield has since been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery, according to reports.

According to reports, he will not face any charges.

Sloan-Hawkins will be buried next to her Shepard's first husband, the late country music singer Hawkshaw Hawkins, according to the paper.

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