Tuesday, April 03, 2007

One Thing Is Certain: There's Going To Be An Epic Song Written About This

Billy Joe and Kinky.

More info is emerging about Billy Joe Shaver's bar shooting, thanks to his attorney, who never seems to shut his piehole. From the Associated Press:

Police have issued arrest warrants for country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar, the entertainer's attorney said. After Shaver left a bar in Lorena on Saturday night, a drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed him into the parking lot, said attorney Joseph A. Turner of Austin. Shaver shot him in self-defense, he said.

Police in Lorena — about 80 miles north of Austin — issued arrest warrants late Monday on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place, Turner said.

Shaver attempted to surrender to Austin police Monday night but was not arrested because the police did not have a record of the warrants, said Turner, who accompanied Shaver.

Lorena authorities could not be reached for comment early Tuesday.

"We're working with the police to get this resolved," Turner told The Associated Press. "His priority is dealing with this issue."

The shooting occurred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, according to Lorena police. The victim was shot in the cheek but was talking and alert afterward, police said. He was hospitalized.

Turner declined to elaborate or say whether anything occurred inside the bar between Shaver and the victim. He said Shaver did not know the man.
Poor ole Billy Joe. He tries to turn himself in after shooting some guy, and the police are flummoxed because they don't have warrants for him, let him go, and then issue warrants for his arrest. Have I ever mentioned that I hope I never get murdered in the city of Austin, because the police wouldn't be able to solve my killing unless my ghost wrote the murderer's name in red lipstick on the APD's men's room mirror?

Luckily, Texas is the state to be in if you ever shoot someone in the face in self-defence--heck, we encourage it! The gun in the barroom will be the much bigger deal, legally speaking, believe you me, unless Billy Joe's attorney can stop talking to the press long enough to present the case that the bar was Billy Joe's "workplace," which, technically speaking, it was.


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