Jury finds Katie Quackenbush guilty of reckless endangerment in 2017 shooting of homeless man

A jury found Katie Layne Quackenbush guilty of reckless endangerment in the shooting of a homeless man in Nashville in 2017. The verdict was delivered Wednesday afternoon.

Quackenbush, 31, was charged in the shooting of Gerald Melton on Music Row on April 26, 2017. Melton, who was 54 when he was shot, survived his injuries.

Initially Quackenbush, an Amarillo, Texas native, was indicted in 2018 on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Following a two-day trial in Davidson County Criminal Court, a 12-person jury convicted her of the lesser offender.

She is set to be fulfilled May 12.

Quackenbush, free on $25,000 bond since her arrest, will remain free until sentencing.

The shooting happened after an argument between Quackenbush and Melton on 19th Avenue South, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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Police said Quackenbush shot Melton after an argument about the exhaust fumes and loud music coming from her Porsche SUV. Detectives reported Melton had been trying to sleep on the sidewalk about 3 am when he was disturbed.

Melton later testedified that Quackenbush asked him if he “wanted to die tonight.” He said he was walking away from the SUV when Quackenbush drew a gun from her purse, got out and fired two shots at him.

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Quackenbush then drove with her passenger to Taco Bell and then to Quackenbush’s home. Melton underwent at least three surgeries due to his injuries.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said neither Quackenbush nor a female passenger in the SUV initially reported the shooting to police. Rather, another person who found Melton with gunshot wounds called for help.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Katie Quackenbush found guilty of reckless endangerment: 2017 shooting

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