WACO, Texas (AP) - It took a McLennan County jury just two hours
to determine that Texas country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver
is not guilty of aggravated assault in the shooting of another man
in a bar parking lot.
Shaver testified Fri--day that he acted in self-defense when he
shot Billy Coker in the face near Waco. But prosecutors maintained
that no other witnesses described Coker as "violent or mean."
Shaver, who lives in Waco, rose to country music stardom in the
1970s. Shaver, who wrote "Georgia on a Fast Train" and "I'm Just
an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)" has
recorded more than 20 albums.
Although Shaver has never received wide acclaim, he is
recognized as one of the best songwriters among his contemporaries.
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