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Autopsy Scheduled For Country Singer Shot, Killed At Bar

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday on a country music singer shot to death at a downtown bar over the weekend.

Jerald Wayne Mills was shot at the Pit and Barrel early Saturday morning by owner Chris Ferrell, who said he acted in self-defense.

Witnesses told police the bar was closed when Ferrell and Mills began to argue, causing the few others inside the bar to leave.

Mills died a few hours later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

No charges have been placed at present, but detectives remain in close contact with the District Attorney's office. Ferrell had a valid handgun permit.

Mills, a native of Arab, Alabama, toured with the Wayne Mills Band, which played college towns for more than 15 years. Country music stars Jamey Johnson and Blake Shelton, as well as American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, all opened for the band in their early careers, according to the group's website.

Mills graduated from the University of Alabama with an education degree, and also played football for the school, according to the band's website.

Pit and Barrel was to have been featured Sunday on "Bar Rescue" on the Spike TV, but the cable network decided to pull the episode, running a rerun instead, according to spokeswoman Shana Tepper. However, the network ended up airing the episode as a repeat at midnight, which a spokesperson attributed to human error.

The series features struggling bars and clubs that are given makeovers by a nightclub expert.

A fund has been established for Wayne Mills' wife Carol and son Jack. A benefit concert is also being planned.

For more information on the Wayne Mills Family Fund, call (615)332-5253.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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