New information is now being revealed about a shocking murder that left late country singer Jean Shepard’s granddaughter dead and her widower critically injured.
Cops rushed to the scene and discovered Benny Birchfield, 79, outside his home soaked in blood and it was also discovered that he was suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to the Daily Mail. Once cops walked inside of the home, they found his granddaughter, Icie Hawkins, 18, laying unresponsive as she was stabbed multiple times reportedly. She was rushed to the hospital but sadly she was pronounced dead later due to the severity of her injuries.
Also Hawkins’ 21-year-old boyfriend Travis Sanders, was was killed by a gunshot wound and was found at the scene as well.
Birchfield was the Husband of Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard for nearly half a century. Shepard was a big advocate for traditional country music and was one of the few women that actually made it inside the country music scene during the 1950s, according to The Tennessean. Sadly, she passed away in September at age 82 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Working as a musician as well, Birchfield joined the bluegrass act the Osborne Brothers, according to USA Today. Although he was seriously hurt during this incident, he is stated to fully recover and is currently undergoing surgery.
As of right now, there is no solid motive for these murders. Once cops spoke with Birchfield, police officials revealed that “the situation was contained at the house,” and more information will be released once the autopsies are fully conducted.
Hawkins’ family are suspecting that the girl’s boyfriend was the culprit behind the whole attack. Daily Mail reports Hawkins’ aunt, Dana Willis, posted on the 18-year-old’s Facebook wall in the days following her murder, writing: “I just hope [Sanders is] burning in hell.”
Hawkins’ mother went to Facebook to announce her daughter’s death and asking for privacy.
“It is with unbearable sadness and pain that we announce the untimely passing of our daughter Icie Mae Sloan-Hawkins,” Sloan writes. “It is apparent that Icie was known and loved by many. The outpouring of love and affection by those who knew her is greatly appreciated by her family.”
“The circumstances of her passing are still under investigation so at this time we ask that you respect the privacy of both families involved in this terrible tragedy,” she continued. “Final arrangements are being made and, once completed, will be announced in the days ahead.”