Singer, song writer, exotic dancer? Priors listed for Katie Quackenbush, porsche driving aspiring country musician, charged with attempted killing of homeless man – Lawyer dad rises to her defense
Aspiring singer and songwriter in shooting controversy has twice been accused of assaulting other women, including arrests for assault on her own mother
Katie Layne Quackenbush, is charged with attempted murder of homeless man in Nashville on Aug 26
Quackenbush, 26, claims she shot Gerald ‘Doug’ Melton in self-defense
Melton, 54, fellow musician fallen on hard times, asked Quackenbush turn down the music in her Porsche
She opened fire on him after getting out of her SUV
Charges were dropped on one of her previous assault cases while the other is still pending in Texas
Her ex-fiancé described her as a ‘psycho’ with a ‘superiority complex about being rich’
Lawyer dad says she is a single mother and struggling aspiring musician who scrapes by to put her five-year-old son through private school
Photos have emerged of the shooter on adult website advertising her as an $800-an-hour escort and stripper
She was released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond
Katie Layne Quackenbush shot a homelessman who asked to turn down the volme of the music in her porsche in Nashville, Tennessee on Aug 26
A Nashville woman in the middle of an unreported shooting of a homeless man has been charged for the attempted killing of the victim. Her defense is that she was firing “warning shots” in self-defense, according to her lawyer dad.
Katie Layne Quackenbush, 26, has been charged with attempted murder for shooting 54-year-old Gerald Melton twice on August 26 at 3am near Nashville’s Music Row.
Police say she got out of her white Porsche Cayenne and shot the man after he asked her to turn her music down.
54-year-old Gerald ‘Doug’ Melton remains critically injured at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond.
However, just as the aspiring musician’s courtroom battles unfold, more background information on her life is popping up as well, online.
Prosecutors revealed tha Quackenbush, an aspiring singer and songwriter who previously lived in Amarillo, Texas, has twice been accused of assaulting other women. One charge was dropped and the other is still pending in Texas.
Thursday photographs of Quackenbush who shot a homeless man twice claiming she was in fear of her life appeared on a website where she is described as a stripper and $800-an-hour escort.
Her father, prominent Texas defense attorney Jesse Quackenbush, insisted that Katie was acting in self-defense. Jesse Quackenbush described his daughter, who reputedly has a seven-figure trust fund, as a good-hearted single mom who is trying to make her way in Nashville as a country star, while playing down her past.
The prominent Texas attorney said his daughter is an ‘innocent woman’. The Nashville Metro Police Department is simply out to make an example out of her, he claims – ignoring her version of events.
The defense strategy so far is to portray Melton as a deranged and schizophrenic vagrant who threatened the shooter’s life and banged on her car windows.
As she awaited her next court date on Thursday after posting $25,000 in bail, photographs of her on explicit adult websites emerged.
Photographs of Katie Quackenbush appear on an escort website service in Nashville under the name of Presley Brooks. The site offer the services of the woman calling herself Presley Scott at a rate of $800-an-hour for her services. The eastnashville news was able to confirm this new information on the suspect.
Could this woman advertising her adult services at $800 an hour be the same as the aspiring singer. The woman advertises herself as Presley Brooks
Presley Brooks is a doppelgänger for Katie Layne
The online ads for Presley Brooks
Some of the information the publication was able to confirm on the trust fund kid include the fact that Katie Layne Quackenbush under the stage name ‘Presley’ is licensed as an adult entertainer in Nashville. She first danced at Deja Vu Showgirls Nashville, before moving on to dance at Crazy Horse Nashville, until very recently.
According to eastnashville news Katie Layne’s online escort ads are under the name ‘Presley Brooks’. However She isn’t allowed to work at Crazy Horse, any longer since they discovered her escort ads online.
The publication added that multiple sources, including an escort review site, confirmed she charges $800/ for services.
Victim: Gerald ‘Doug’ Melton
Shooter: Katie Quackenbush
Country musician Katie Quackenbush has been charged with attempted murder of Doug Melton
Nashville, police s say that Melton was “trying to sleep on the sidewalk” around 3 a.m. near 901 19th Ave. South near Music Row when he “became disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV.”
Melton asked Quackenbush, the driver of the Porsche, to move the vehicle, according to police. The two then began yelling at each other.
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 fired two shots at Melton, who was wounded in the abdomen.
According to the victimMelton the woman who shot him got back into the Porsche and left the scene, without stopping to check on him.
Jesse Quackenbush, Katie Quackenbush’s dad says the victim Doug Melto [photo], ‘threatened his daughter’
For Jesse Quackenbush, a prominent attorney in Amarillo,Tex., his daughter and her friend were being accosted by Melton, whom he alleged approached the Porsche as the women sat inside, threatening to kill them and making explicit and sexist remarks at Quackenbush.
“She didn’t try and kill this guy,” Jesse Quackenbush said Monday night, a few hours after his daughter was arrested on the charge.
“She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him.” He said Katie Quackenbush had driven a friend back to her car when the women reportedly saw Melton harassing other women in the street nearby, Jesse said. Melton then approached Quackenbush and her friend in the vehicle, he said.
“He comes up to their window and starts screaming in their window various threats, and something about turning their music down and that he couldn’t sleep,” Jesse said.
After the man walked away, Katie Quackenbush got out of her car to escort her friend to a vehicle parked close by. She grabbed her gun and put a magazine inside.
Melton began walking toward her again, Jesse said, at which time his daughter told Melton she had a gun.
She fired two “warning shots” and then left, because Melton continued to approach the women, according to her father.
“She did say she closed her eyes when she shot both times, but they were warnings, and she thought she pointed away from him,” Jesse Quackenbush recalled. When asked whether his daughter heard Melton scream or indicate he had been shot, the father said there was no indication he was injured.
Police are concerned that Quackenbush [photo], never reported the run-in with the victim, or the fact that she shots fired at Melton
Police spokesman Don Aaron said neither Quackenbush nor her passenger in her car stepped up to call 911 or report the incident to police. Rather, a third party who found an Melton with gunshot wounds called for help.
The suspect only contacted with police was when her attorney, Peter Strianse, contacted the district attorney’s office at the start of the following week. The DA’s office then relayed information to police about Quackenbush’s potential involvement in the shooting.
She was interviewed by detectives at the Midtown Hills Precinct on Sept. 6.
As to whether the unarmed Melton had threatened to kill Quackenbush, as her father and attorney allege, Aaron said detectives are unsure what exactly was said, but don’t believe Melton had kept Quackenbush from being able to leave in her car.
“There’s no doubt that there was an argument and yelling between both parties,” Aaron said.
“The police department has no information that the SUV was being blocked or in any way being prevented from leaving that immediate area,” police sources said.
Justifying his client’s actions in shooting the victim, Strianse says Melton’s behavior toward Quackenbush and her friend warranted her firing the shots, despite Melton apparently being unarmed.
“I think she felt threatened, because she was threatened,” Strianse said. “She was dealing with somebody that came out of an extremely dark street in the early morning hours who comes out of nowhere and is banging violently on the car window. Somebody who appears to be either deranged, somebody who may be on some sort of drug, who seems completely unhinged, and that’s why she reacted the way that she did.”
Meanwhile in contrast to that portrait, her ex-fiancé Ian McGrath, described the shooting and disdain for the plight of the victim as being ‘in character’. McGrath who dated Quackenbush ‘on and off’ for a year-and-a-half before their 2011 engagement said his ex behavior was ‘volatile’ during their relationship. Even when they were dating
McGrath said, Quackenbush had a ‘superiority complex’ which related to money.
McGrath says Quackenbush was ‘volatile’ during their relationship and had a ‘superiority complex’
2013 mugshot: Suspect was charged with assaults in Amarillo,Texas – including arrest fro domestic battery against her own mother
In December 2016, Katie Quackenbush was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury in Potter County, Texas.
A complaint filed by the state accuses Quackenbush of striking another woman in the head with a drinking glass.
Jesse Quackenbush said Tuesday that his daughter was charged after “throwing a glass of water” in the face of her ex-husband’s girlfriend while at a restaurant “because of some insulting remarks:”
She had also been arrested in October 2013 on a misdemeanor domestic violence-related assault charge, back in Amarillo. Records show she was charged after hitting another woman and was held under a $10,000 bond. The case was dismissed in April 2014 after the victim requested the charge be dropped. Quackenbush was ordered to pay a $400 attorney fee.
Both Jesse Quackenbush and Strianse said Tuesday that the complainant in the case was Katie Quackenbush’s mother.
When asked about Quackenbush’s previous arrests, Strianse said he didn’t believe he was a violent person. “I think that’s really overblown,” he said.
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