New Evidence Delays Tim McGraw’s Assault Hearing for Two Weeks

The hearing set for today (July 18) in Buffalo, N.Y., to review and act on the charges made against Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Mark Russo, a member of McGraw’s management team, has been delayed for two weeks.

“What’s happened,” McGraw’s attorney, Thomas J. Eoannou, told, “is that the DA’s office and the sheriff’s department have been kind enough to review some materials we submitted to them and have delayed making a decision on how they will prosecute this case.” Eoannou did not say what the “materials” offered in extenuation were.

McGraw, Chesney and Russo were arrested June 3 at the George Strait concert in Buffalo on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to second-degree assault. McGraw faced the stiffest charges — second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, menacing and resisting arrest. Conviction on these charges carries the possibility of prison time.

McGraw and Russo allegedly scuffled with officers who were attempting to remove Chesney from a horse owned by a policeman acting as a concert security guard. Chesney has said that he was given permission to be on the horse.

At a June 15 news conference in Nashville, Eoannou and McGraw’s manager, Scott Siman, proclaimed McGraw’s innocence, even though the lawyer conceded that the singer had made “contact” with a law officer. Siman said that McGraw would not plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid prosecution on the more serious ones.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to