Nashville bar owner charged with murder for shooting honky tonk singer

Wayne Mills

Good news, it looks like justice may be on the way for gunned down singer Wayne Mills.

Nashville bar owner Chris Ferrell has officially been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of honky tonk singer Wayne Mills last month. 

Police made the announcement on Friday: 

Bar owner Christopher Michael Ferrell surrendered himself a short time ago on a Davidson County Grand Jury indictment charging him with second-degree murder for the November 23rd shooting death of musician Jerald Wayne Mills.  

Ferrell, Christopher MichaelFerrell, 44, was taken into custody at the downtown office of his attorney.
Mills, 44, suffered a gunshot wound to the head shortly before 5 a.m. November 23rd while at Ferrell’s Pit and Barrel bar at 515 2nd Avenue South.  He died that evening at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 
Ferrell and Mills had been involved in an argument inside the bar.  After a thorough evaluation of the crime scene, evidence, statements from witnesses and autopsy findings, lead Detective Leonard Peck and his colleagues at the Central Precinct did not substantiate Ferrell’s claim of self-defense.  Detective Peck met with the grand jury this morning to discuss his findings, resulting in the subsequent issuance of the indictment.
Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt has set Ferrell’s bond at $300,000.

“I have every intention of contesting this charge,” Ferrell’s attorney David Raybin told the Tennessean. “My client denies that he’s guilty of any degree of homicide.”

As I previously mentioned, the shooting took place November 23 after a fight broke out at Ferrell's bar over a cigarette being smoked in a non-smoking section. Ferrell doesn't deny shooting Mills but says he was defending himself. 

On a side note, Ferrell's bar, Pit and Barrel, was featured on an episode of Spike T.V.'s "Bar Rescue" the day after the shooting. I had tried to watch the show out of curiosity but they played a re-run instead of Ferrell's episode. I ended up reporting that the episode had been pulled and gave Spike props for respecting the family. Turns out I must have missed the episode because from what I heard later the episode did in fact run. Sorry for the confusion.