No foul play suspected in McLeod’s death

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By JB Clark

Daily Journal

HOLLY SPRINGS – Less than two days after fatally shooting a man at his door, Graceland Too owner Paul McLeod was found dead Thursday on the front porch of his home.

No foul play is suspected.

There were no obvious signs of trauma, according to Marshall County Coroner Richard Anderson.

“There was no blood or anything. It appears to be natural, but it is a pending case until the autopsy is done.”

Anderson said McLeod, 70, was spotted by a driver around 7 a.m. on his front porch, slumped over a chair.

His death came less than two days after McLeod fatally shot a man, Dwight David Taylor Jr., 28.

Police said Taylor came to McLeod’s front door asking for money and tried to force the door back open after McLeod denied him. At that time, McLeod shot Taylor one time in the chest with a .45-caliber handgun.

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

McLeod’s attorney, Phillip K. Knecht, said in a statement that McLeod had been “battling ill health for some time.”

He added, “We can’t be sure of anything right now, but nothing points to suicide or foul play. We await an official autopsy, but his ill health, combined with the stress from (the shooting) tragedy, leads me to believe it was a very unfortunate natural occurrence.”

No charges had been filed against McLeod regarding Tuesday night’s shooting. McLeod was taken into custody by police and then released after questioning.

Graceland Too, located at 200 East Gholson St., a few blocks from downtown Holly Springs, is known as a 24/7 museum and Elvis Presley shrine.

The museum attracts Elvis fans from all over the world as well as late-night adventurers from surrounding college towns.

jb.clark@journalinc.com

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  • swhight

    Bizarre. You can’t make this stuff up. RIP

  • Brock

    America has lost a treasure today!

  • Brock

    A movie (be it a very strange one akin to Leaving Las Vegas) should be made in relation to this man and place! I wonder if Aaron Elvis Presley Macleod has made it to the house yet? RIP Paul, we will eat a Krystal and drink a case of Cokes in your honor today!

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  • Winston Smith

    I’m a lifetime member.. This sucks.

  • sugardaddy5

    I was a lifetime member as well. Last trip was in March. He was getting increasingly weird and raunchy over the last few years. Still, it was never a dull moment and actually i think there is a movie in the works. google graceland too the movie.

  • Marie underwood

    As a fellow elvis fan I have never met a more passionate fan . I loved Paul and looked forward to visiting him every time I went to memphis. He will be missed so much by his fans. Rip Paul. I will picture you in heaven with the King…probably singing US Male.

  • Marla

    I know Paul will be missed by 2 Lucedale, MS folks. My son was the “Elvis fan.” I would just tag along. We would drive 5 hrs. to see this place. We were lifetime members. We just visited last year and would go most summers. We will surely miss our summer trips. My son even wore an Elvis wig in one of the pics we took. Fun Times at Graceland Too!!!