Court Convenes For McGraw, Chesney
Jury selection is scheduled to begin today (May 14) in Orchard Park (N.Y.) Town Court in a case against Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. The country singers were arrested last June after Chesney rode awaJury selection is scheduled to begin today (May 14) in Orchard Park (N.Y.) Town Court in a case against Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. The country singers were arrested last June after Chesney rode away on a police horse and McGraw tussled with police who tried to pull Chesney off the horse, according to Erie County Sheriff's deputies.
McGraw, the husband of fellow country star Faith Hill, is charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and harassment, misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in prison. Chesney was charged with harassment. McGraw road manager Mark Russo, who joined the fray, was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, harassment, and disorderly conduct.
The incident occurred after the musicians performed as part of last year's George Strait Country Music Festival, which stopped at a venue near Buffalo.
Even though McGraw and defense attorney Thomas Eoannou previously stated their belief that the charges would be dropped, Eoannou has said the singers take the charges seriously.
Eoannou and the prosecution "agreed to a lengthy adjournment ? so that both sides can further investigate and discuss this matter," according to a statement released last June by the attorney. At that time he stated that "sworn statements from eyewitnesses had been provided to law enforcement which clearly indicates that Kenny Chesney had permission to ride the horse."
Attorneys expect to choose a jury in a day and then present a case that will hinge largely on testimony of eyewitnesses.
McGraw and Chesney are set to kick off a summer tour June 23 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay. That run will wrap up July 26 in Clarkston, Mich. McGraw's latest album, "Set This Circus Down" (Curb), debuted on top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart last week, and at No. 2 on The Billboard 200.
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