Randy Travis Enters Not Guilty Plea in Texas Assault Charge

Randy Travis appeared in a Plano, Texas, courtroom Friday (Dec. 21) and pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from an Aug. 23 altercation in the parking lot of a local church, the Dallas Morning News reports. The singer is now scheduled to go on trial March 11 on one count of simple assault. In investigating the incident, Plano police said the argument began between an estranged husband and wife on the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church. The woman was believed to be Travis’ girlfriend. Travis’ attorney, Larry Freeman, claims the episode involved two men who were harassing the woman and her 17-year-old daughter. “Randy was a Good Samaritan,” Friedman says. “He was the Good Samaritan. He intervened in an assault by two men who were beating two women, one of whom was a minor.” Travis had been arrested several weeks earlier on a DUI charge, but police say there was nothing to indicate he had been drinking when the altercation in Plano occurred. “Randy is no longer drinking any alcohol,” Friedman said.