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Crime Man charged with homicide after nephew fatally shot at Joelton home

22:51  29 june  2020
22:51  29 june  2020 Source:   tennessean.com

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a man smiling for the camera: William Gardner, 77, was charged with criminal homicide in connection to the fatal shooting of Jerry Birdwell, his nephew, Sunday, June 28, 2020. © MNPD William Gardner, 77, was charged with criminal homicide in connection to the fatal shooting of Jerry Birdwell, his nephew, Sunday, June 28, 2020.

A 77-year-old man was charged with criminal homicide and attempted murder after his nephew was killed and another woman was shot Sunday morning. 

Metro police arrested William Gardner in connection with the shooting of Jerry Birdwell, 54, and Birdwell's girlfriend at the home the three shared in the 8000 block of Jackman Road in Joelton.

Gardner reportedly kicked in his nephew's bedroom door and shot the couple around 5 a.m, according to a statement from police. 

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Tammy Cornwell, 55, called 911 to report that she and Birdwell had been shot.

Police say she was shot in the arm. Birdwell died at the scene.

After the shooting, police said, Gardner left the scene. He later parked near the Madison Precinct where he was taken into custody.

According to Cornwell, Birdwell and Cornwell had reportedly been involved in past disputes with Gardner.

This is a developing story.

Reach Natalie Neysa Alund at nalund@tennessean.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Man charged with homicide after nephew fatally shot at Joelton home

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