HOLLY SPRINGS, MS — The owner of “Graceland Too,” a shrine and museum dedicated to Elvis, was found dead on his front porch Thursday morning.
His death came just one day after police started investigating him for killing a man in his home.
Friends remember Paul McLeod as a man who loved Elvis Presley and loved the people around him even more.
He loved Elvis fans so much, it was not unusual to see him with a soda to keep him awake so he could keep his Elvis shrine open to anyone who came by.
“He was a great guy,” Bronson Pharr said. “Super great guy. You know he was loved around here for the tourism he brought into the community. He was just a real great person to have in the community.”
McLeod died one day after police opened an investigation into his shooting and killing of Dwight Taylor.
Authorities report Taylor was shot to death at McLeod’s home Tuesday night after breaking in.
Taylor’s family said he was at McLeod’s home to pick up cash for painting work he completed.
“I know he was very shaken up by what happened,” Phillip Knecht, McLeod’s attorney, said.
McLeod’s lawyer said his former client was found dead while sitting in a rocking chair with ‘tcb’ written on it.
“Anyone who knows Mr. McLeod or ever came to his house to visit, he was frequently sitting on the porch up until early morning,” Knecht said.
“We don’t suspect any foul play, but his body has been taken to Jackson to get an autopsy performed,” Shirley Byers, Attorney for Holly Springs, said.
Investigators believe the 70-year-old Elvis fan died of natural causes.
However, due to what happened Tuesday night, his death remains under investigation.
“He was a true friend, and I love him, and I miss him terribly, and I’m deeply saddened by all of this,” Pharr said.