The Tribune-Herald's most recent account stated that Turner had been canvassing witnesses at the bar — of which there are said to have been about 25 — and that a number of them told him that the victim was drunk and wielding a knife. I told Turcotte this version of events and he stated that the victim did indeed have a knife.
The Tribune-Herald's account adds that the victim was a stranger to Shaver. The Texas Rangers are assisting Lorena police with the investigation.
Often acclaimed as the greatest living Texas songwriter, Shaver's songs include "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal" (as sung by John Anderson, currently in use in a national ad campaign), "Georgia on a Fast Train," and the gospel-tinged anthem. "Live Forever." His Greatest Hits album drops tomorrow on Houston-based Compadre Records, which was recently purchased by Music World Entertainment.
Watch this space for more details as they come our way. — John Nova Lomax