Witnesses Contradict Billy Joe Shaver’s Account of Shooting

Several witnesses to a weekend shooting involving Billy Joe Shaver contradict the singer-songwriter’s account of the incident. Shaver’s attorney claims Billy Bryant Coker, 50, was drunk, aggressive and had a knife Saturday night (March 31) when he was shot in the cheek outside Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon in Lorena, Texas. According to affidavits collected by law officers investigating the shooting, some witnesses say the attack was unprovoked. The bar’s owner reportedly introduced Shaver and Coker earlier in the evening, and the two men talked for more than an hour prior to the shooting. Affadavits claim that Shaver’s wife, Wanda, had once been married to one of Coker’s cousins. Outside the bar, witnesses said they heard Shaver tell Coker, “Tell me you are sorry” and “Nobody tells me to shut up.” Another witness claims they heard Shaver tell Coker, “Where do you want it?” before they heard a gunshot. Shaver, 67, is free on $50,000 bond after being 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.