Billy Joe Shaver Acquitted in Shooting
Singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver was found not guilty of aggravated assault on April 9 for a 2007 shooting incident in a Texas bar.
The often cantankerous Texas singer, best known for songs like "Georgia on a Fast Train" and "Live Forever," admitted to shooting a man at a bar near Waco, Texas, in 2007, but claimed that the incident was in self-defense.
Billy Joe testified in a Waco courtroom that the man in question, Billy Bryant Coker, was rude to him and his former wife Wanda. He told prosecutors that he felt threatened when Coker demanded that he come outside the bar. "I felt he was gonna kill me," Billy Joe told the court.
He further noted that he confronted Coker because to walk away would have been "chicken shit." After they went outside, Billy Joe aimed a .22 revolver at Coker's cheek, shot him, and rode away in his truck.
The jury deliberated for less than two hours and decided that Billy Joe acted in self-defense. Willie Nelson and actor Robert Duvall were among the celebrities attending the trial.