McGraw, Chesney Jury Selection Begins

Jury selection was set to take place Monday (May 14) in the Buffalo, N.Y., suburb of Orchard Park for the long-delayed trial of country stars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. The trial stems from a fracas between the singers and the local sheriff’s department following their performances in Buffalo June 3, 2000, as part of the George Strait show. Chesney was charged for refusing to dismount from the horse of a police officer serving as backstage security. McGraw was charged with assaulting the officers who tried to pull Chesney from the horse. Although the initial charges against McGraw were reduced from felony to misdemeanor status, he could face up to a year in prison if convicted. Chesney now faces only harassment charges. In a statement issued June 15, McGraw predicted the charges would be dropped. However, he noted, “If it’s necessary, then I welcome the opportunity to go before a jury who I know will agree that neither Kenny nor I did anything wrong.”