Monday, April 12, 2010

Getting The Damn Bullet Back: The New Billy Joe Shaver Album Title?

Well, Billy Joe Shaver was found not guilty of aggravated assault on Friday, and here are some highlights.

First up, when Shaver took the stand in his defense, he said he feared for his life when Billy Coker (the man Shaver shot in the face) stirred his drink with a knife and then asked Shaver to step outside:

During cross-examination, prosecutor Beth Toben tried to use Shaver's outlaw image against him.

She suggested that he could have just left the bar if he had felt so intimidated.

That would have been "chicken shit," Shaver replied.

You can't argue with that, now can you?

After his aquittal, Billy Joes was clearly very contrite:

“I am very sorry about the incident,” Shaver said while standing in front of the McLennan County Courthouse. “Hopefully things will work out where we become friends.”

Hours later, at a gig at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, Shaver had a different message for Coker, according to a video taken that night and posted on Youtube by TotalEBitchinNetwork.

“They asked me… what are you going to do about that boy you shot,” Shaver told a jovial crowd. “I said I’m getting the damn bullet back.

We got some more details about the damage to Coker's mustache:
According to testimony, Shaver used a tiny .22 caliber gun to shoot Coker. Coker testified that the bullet entered through his “mustache area,” knocked out a tooth and a crown and ripped through his mouth before lodging in the back of his neck. He has mostly recovered, he said.
Then as soon as the trial was over, Shaver, his band, Dale Watson, Robert Duvall, and Willie Nelson made a beeline for a night club in Houston for a scheduled performance:

After bantering with the crowd to start the Firehouse Saloon gig, Shaver, 70, launched into his “Georgia on a Fast Train,” which featured members of his band playing like they had been cooped up in a courtroom all week. Members of Shaver’s band sat through some of the trial, along with Willie Nelson and actor Robert Duval.

Later in the show, according to the Culture Map Houston Web site, Austin’s Dale Watson joined Shaver on stage. Together they performed “You Asked Me To,” a song written by Shaver and once covered by Elvis Presley. Next, Watson played his song “Where Do You Want It,” which is what several witnesses said Shaver said before shooting Coker on March 31, 2007 at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon in Lorena, about 15 miles south of Waco.

And that is that. Are there any lessons to be learned from this? I think one thing we would all do well to remember: If the bar is out of stirrers, use a straw.

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