Former Amarillo Woman Indicted On Attempted Murder Charges
Accused of shooting a homeless man in 2017, former Amarillo resident Katie Quackenbush has been indicted on felony charges. Those charges include attempted first-degree murder. She was also previously indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Katie Quackenbush is accused of shooting Gerald Melton around 3 am on August 26th, 2017. Allegedly, Quackenbush and Melton were involved in some form of altercation after Melton, who was sleeping on the sidewalk, asked her to move her vehicle after being disturbed by loud music and the exhaust fumes
Quackenbush at some point, according to reports, brandished a gun and fired two rounds. One of these rounds struck Melton in the abdomen. The shots, according to Quackenbush, were meant to be warning shots. She and her lawyer maintain that she acted in self-defense.
With this grand jury indictment, the case will move forward to the Nashville criminal court system. We will be updating with more information as it is made available.