Billy Joe Shaver posts bond in alleged shooting, versions of incident differ
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Billy Joe Shaver posts bond in alleged shooting, versions of incident differ

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 – While Billy Joe Shaver claims his shooting of a bar patron Saturday night in Lorena, Texas was self defense, the man shot and wounded by Shaver told a different story.

According to an Associated Press story, a witness said Shaver followed the victim, Billy B. Coker out of Papa Joe's Texas Saloon and asked, "Where do you want it?" before shooting him in the face, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

A second witness claimed she went outside and overheard the singer say to Coker, "Tell me you are sorry" and "Nobody tells me to shut up."

Shaver and Coker apparently have a personal connection because Shaver's wife was the widow of Coker's cousin. Coker was released Tuesday from a Waco hospital.

Shaver attorney Joseph A. Turner claimed Coker was drunk and had a knife, while following Shaver outside.

Shaver surrendered at the McLennan County Jail in Waco Tuesday and posted $50,000 bond. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a handgun on the premises of a business with a license to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption. Shaver is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, but guns are not allowed in businesses selling alcohol.

Shaver released a "Greatest Hits" album Tuesday.


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