NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN)– It’s been 5 years since a homeless man was shot close to Music Row.
The girl who pulled the set off says it was self-defense, however she’s dealing with an tried first-degree homicide cost. Her trial started in Davidson County Court this week.
Katie Quackenbush took the stand Tuesday morning to inform her facet of the story.
In August 2017, Quackenbush and a pal have been parked on nineteenth Avenue close to Music Row after an evening out. Quackenbush testified that they have been listening to music when a homeless man approached her white SUV and started yelling and cursing at them.
“It was very intense. The guy was very unhinged,” Quackenbush stated.
Eventually, the person, later recognized as Gerald Melton, walked away. When they thought the coast was clear, Quackenbush says she grabbed her gun to stroll her pal to her automotive which was parked behind her SUV.
“So I grabbed my firearm not to go shoot him, not to go be an aggressor. I grabbed my firearm so that if I was outside of my car walking her to her car I would at least have something. Because I didn’t want to be stuck outside with that man and not have something to protect myself,” Quackenbush stated.
As Quackenbush obtained out of the automotive, she says Melton got here operating in direction of her screaming derogatory names.
She stated to him “I have a firearm,” however he didn’t again down and allegedly lunged at her. That’s when Quackenbush says she fired two photographs in his course and ran again to her automotive.
She advised the jury she didn’t assume the bullets had hit him. Then she and her pal drove to Taco Bell. Quackenbush didn’t name 911.
Melton’s testimony tells a special story.
In a recording performed within the courtroom Tuesday, Melton defined he was attempting to sleep within the space the place Quackenbush was parked that evening, and the exhaust from her SUV was bothering him.
“I was trying to be polite about it and just ask if they would either park or move on or something,” Melton stated. “I never approached their vehicle or made any threatening gestures towards them or moved towards them. I just walked up the sidewalk and looked in the window.”
Melton stated he and Quackenbush obtained right into a verbal argument. Eventually, he walked away, however when he rotated he says Quackenbush was pointing a pistol at him.
“She didn’t tell me anything, except she asked if I wanted to die tonight,” Melton stated. “Then I saw blood and I realized she shot me and then that’s when she fired another shot that hit me in the side here.”
Melton was transported to an area hospital and has since recovered from his accidents.
Quackenbush maintains she fired the photographs in self-defense — one thing she stated she by no means imagined she’d should do in her lifetime.
“I bought my gun for self-defense and I never wanted to have to use it, and that night I did. Something that you never think will happen to you happens really, really [expletive] fast,” Quackenbush stated.
In the week following the taking pictures Quackenbush’s lawyer known as the Nashville District Attorney’s Office to inform them about her involvement within the case. She was arrested and has been out on bond for the final 5 years.
Court resumes Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.