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Randy Travis faces assault trial in Texas

Dec. 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM
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PLANO, Texas, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Country music veteran Randy Travis wished the court a Merry Christmas after pleading innocent to assault in a Texas courtroom, his lawyer said.

Travis was ordered to appear for trial March 11 in Plano, where got into a fight with two men he claimed were hassling two women in the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church Aug. 23.

"He wished everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and safe travels," Travis' lawyer, Larry Friedman, told reporters after Friday's hearing.

Friedman said Travis was the Good Samaritan in the story because he intervened in what appeared to be a family dispute that went sour.

The Dallas Morning News said early accounts of the incident indicated Travis was drunk at the time, but police later discounted that report.

On the other hand, Travis was considered the aggressor in the matter and that the parties who were arguing included Travis' fiance, her daughter and her estranged husband, TMZ said.

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