A Nashville bar owner has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of singer-songwriter Wayne Mills. Wayne was fatally shot on Nov. 23 after an altercation with Nashville bar owner, Christopher Ferrell.
Christopher told police he fatally shot Mills in self-defense in the early morning of November 23. He says the two got into an argument over the musician smoking a cigarette in a no-smoking area of his establishment. In a news release, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said an investigation concludes the evidence did not support Ferrell’s claim of self-defense.
“I have every intention of contesting this charge,” Ferrell’s attorney, David Raybin, tells the Tenessean. “My client denies that he’s guilty of any degree of homicide.”
Ferrell was indicted by a grand jury this past Friday — and he turned himself in to police that afternoon.
On Thursday, December 19 from 6 P.M. until close The Silver Dollar Saloon (110 2nd Avenue North, Nashville) will host the official “Alabama Line” Tribute Benefit in honor of beloved singer/songwriter (Jerald) Wayne Mills, 44. Musicians and artists of “The Alabama Line,” a group co-founded by Mills that celebrates and unites a rich talent pool deriving from Northern Alabama, will be performing, sharing stories about their friend and raising money for his family.
Confirmed performers include Drake White, Jon Pardi, Brent Cobb, Britt Stokes, members of The Wayne Mills Band, Bobby Johnson Timothy Chance, with more to be announced. These performers will appear in addition to those already slated for the popular Thursday night Welcome to Nashville (WTN) Showcases. Andy Roadarmel of Heart Songs for Veterans (a sponsor of the WTN showcases) will also make a special presentation.
While there is generally a “no cover” policy at The Silver Dollar Saloon, attendees are encouraged to bring a Christmas gift for Mills’ young son, Jack (age 7). Additionally, The Silver Dollar Saloon will donate 100% of all bar sales for the evening to the Mills family. For more information on this event, please visit www.silverdollarsaloon.com. For those who cannot attend but would like to assist the family, you can make a donation online HERE. FirstBank has also set up a Wayne Mills Family Fund. Anyone can donate at FirstBank branches located throughout the state of Tennessee. To find your closest branch, click HERE or call 615-332-5253.