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