Arrest warrants issued for Billy Joe Shaver


Dec 17, 2002
Bonham Tx.
Two warrants have been issued for the arrest of country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver in connection of a weekend shooting in a Texas bar.

On Monday, 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, allegedly shot a man in the face Saturday night on the back porch of Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena, a suburb of Waco, said John Moran, city manager and chief of police. The man was hospitalized after the incident and was listed in stable condition.

On Saturday, Shaver, 67, hired Austin attorney Joseph Turner, who has represented Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey. On Sunday, Turner said they had been cooperating with the investigation and Shaver would turn himself in if a warrant were issued for his arrest.

Shaver, considered a writer's writer, is a beloved Texas performer whose songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Presley.

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