Billy Joe Shaver Indicted in 2007 Shooting in Texas

Singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver has been indicted on felony charges in connection with a shooting at a bar near Waco, Texas. A McLennan County grand jury returned the indictments Wednesday (Sept. 17) as a result of the incident at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon in Lorena, Texas. Shaver, 69, is accused of shooting Billy B. Coker, 50, in the cheek during an argument on April 1, 2007. Coker, who claims the shooting was unprovoked, was treated and released at a local hospital. Shaver’s attorney alleged that Coker was drunk and armed with a knife when he followed Shaver outside the club. Shaver was indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder on licensed premises. The assault charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The handgun charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence.