Randy Travis appeared in court today to face a simple assault charge stemming from a brawl outside of a church in Plano, Texas. The country singer plead not guilty saying that he was merely trying to defend himself during the altercation.
Travis was cited as the “primary aggressor” for the altercation but the country singer’s lawyers insist that their client did nothing wrong.
TMZ reports that a trial date has been set for March 11.
Pete Schulte, one of the singer’s attorneys, said:
“I am looking forward to the trial for the truth to be exposed in this matter. Mr. Travis is not guilty of this accusation.”
Larry Friedman, Travis’ other attorney, said that the country singer was trying to protect two women who were being assaulted outside of the church. Friedman called Travis a Good Samaritan and that he was not the aggressor that caused the altercation.
Friedman told the Dallas News Crime Blog:
“Randy was a Good Samaritan. He was the Good Samaritan. He intervened in an assault by two men who were beating two women, one of whom was a minor. When he intervened, one of those two attackers attacked Randy, and he defended himself. When the police arrived, one attacker was on top of Randy, and the police pulled him off Randy. But Randy was trying to protect the two women from further harm.”
A few weeks prior to Travis’ arrest for assault the country singer was charged with a DUI. According to Friedman, this led man to the wrong assumption that Travis was drunk during the church altercation. Friedman noted that there are no indications that Travis had been drinking before the fight outside of the Texas Church.
Furthermore, Friedman says that Travis has been “clean and sober” since his arrest.