Man Indicted for Second Degree Murder of Country Singer Wayne Mills

Posted on: 3:50 pm, December 6, 2013, by , updated on: 04:22pm, December 6, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Nashville Metro Police report that a grand jury returned an indictment against the man police say shot country singer Wayne Mills.

According to CBS station WTVF, the shooting was a result of an altercation between Mills and the owner of the bar, Chris Ferrell. They said the two were inside the bar and a struggle ensued after Mills reportedly lit a cigarette in the non-smoking section. According to police, witnesses outside the bar heard gunshots and contacted authorities.

Christopher Michael Ferrell's booking photo.

Christopher Michael Ferrell’s booking photo.

NewsChannel 5, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, reports an autopsy shows Mills was shot once in the back of the head.

Mills, 44, was a 1987 graduate of Arab High School.  He most recently lived in Nolensville, Tennessee.

He was the lead singer of the Wayne Mills Band, which toured nationally for more than 15 years and was also well-known in Alabama college towns. Artists such as Jamey Johnson, Blake Shelton and Taylor Hicks opened for the Wayne Mills Band early in their careers.

Police said Ferrell claims he shot the victim in self-defense. They said he had a valid handgun carry permit.

Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt has set Ferrell’s bond at $300,000.

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