Man killed at Graceland Too by owner

Daily Journal | File Paul MacLeod gives a tour of his Graceland Too home in Holly Springs in 2010.

Daily Journal | File
Paul McLeod gives a tour of his Graceland Too home in Holly Springs in 2010.

UPDATE: Paul McLeod was found dead on the front porch of his home Thursday morning. Read more here.

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

HOLLY SPRINGS – A Holly Springs man was killed just inside the front door of Graceland Too on Tuesday night.

Dwight David Taylor Jr., 28, was pronounced dead at the scene, shortly after police responded to the 911 call at 10:41 p.m., according to Marshall County Coroner Richard Anderson.

Anderson said Taylor died from a single .45-caliber gunshot to the chest and confirmed the shooter was the owner and operator of the home turned-Elvis Presley museum, Paul McLeod.

No charges have been filed against McLeod. After being taken into custody by Holly Springs police for questioning, he was released.

According to police, Taylor knocked on McLeod’s door and asked for money. McLeod refused to give him any. When McLeod tried to close the door, Taylor allegedly forced the door back open with his foot, and that’s when the shooting occurred.

McLeod’s attorney, Phillip Knecht, released a statement Wednesday evening saying McLeod heard a loud banging at his door around 11 p.m.

“Upon opening the door, an adult male broke the glass of Mr. McLeod’s front door, forced his way through the door and demanded Mr. McLeod give him money. The perpetrator refused to leave the home.”

The release says an altercation began, resulting in Taylor’s death.

Knecht said McLeod has been cooperating with police and will continue to do so.

Anderson said Taylor was found dead just inside the door of the home.

Graceland Too is located at 200 East Gholson St. near downtown Holly Springs and is the Elvis memorabilia collection of McCleod, a lifetime Elvis fanatic who gives tours of his home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The home is a popular late-night road trip destination for college students from the surrounding cities.

Police said Taylor did not come to McLeod’s home for a tour.

It is closed for tours until further notice.

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  • seanjohnson

    It’s not just a popular late-night road trip destination for college students. The attraction has brought in hundreds of thousands (according to a report by this same paper) of people from all over the world.

    • jbritt


    • Derkins

      And he has the photos of every visitor tiled on his walls to prove it.

  • Caleb Clinton Watson

    We were there Sunday. He said Jay Leno was there just before us.

  • Caleb Clinton Watson

    I wonder if that is the same .45 he “showed” us.

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    Paul MacLeod’s daddy, granddaddy, and great-granddaddy used to do this kind of work with ropes, tablecloths, and tall trees.

    • jbritt

      Your an idiot

      • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

        Away, away, away
        Down South
        In Dixie.
        Hang ’em high.
        Tablecloths, ropes, and tall trees are the Dixie Way.

        • jbritt

          What are you trying to prove? Racism is ignorance….. I hope you find peace one day…. If no one has ever told you they love you, I do, and there isn’t anythin you can do about it. As far as Paul goes he loved you if you loved Elvis. Rest in peace Paul. Its a sad situation on both sides. Now back to my job Mr. Terrorism.

          • jbritt

            Thanks for my grammar lesson.

          • jbritt

            I am a African American BTY.

          • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

            Born that way, I imagine.

          • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

            Always glad to help those who abuse the language and make themselves look like horse’s backsides in the process.

          • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

            Just reminding everyone, Beauregard Billy Joe Bob Einstein, of the histories of Paul MacLeod’s daddy, granddaddy, and great-granddaddy and their respective litany of acts of nighttime terrorism with ropes, tablecloths, and tall trees against their fellow Americans.

          • JamalJenkum

            Actually you’re completely wrong. Racism is TRUTH. It is truth by experience. When we’re little kids they try to teach us that it’s wrong to use stereotypes, because they aren’t real. As we grow older we begin to recognize that we were lied to, and the stereotypes are 100% real.

            Sadly, many people learn the hard way, but trusting blacks, and then getting robbed, raped, assaulted and murdered.

            Ignorance would be to not know that even though blacks are only 13% of the population, they are responsible for close to 85% of violent crimes committed by strangers to the victim.

            This case is just one of many thousands of black on white violence that happened in the US on the same day. White on black violence is very rare (less than 2% of all violent crime) and white on black rape does not existing according to the FBI.

    • Derkins

      I never heard him say anything racist. I don’t know why you would make that assumption. Unless you have. Seems like he welcomed anyone who wanted to tour his place, though. Not all red necks are racist.

      • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

        It’s Dixie. Lock ‘n Load applies.

  • Deshawntray Antwon Sheetnah

    What a heartwarming feel good story!!!!!!!! Boogie made good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brianlgrace

    I think I would have shot the man sooner than he did. Seems like he had a little reserve.

  • Caleb Clinton Watson

    And now the world’s #1 Elvis Fan is dead. Very sad.

    • Derkins

      nope. he’s fine. try reading the article. 😉

      • Caleb Clinton Watson

        You need to try reading other articles. After questioning he was released and later died.

  • brettmallard

    InerestedhereinpontotocmsaboutitGodhelpushimendfamlies moreinfoplease

  • John Pfeiffer

    What a shame that McLeod apparently died from the ordeal. Seemed like a good American preservationist.

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