LATEST: Country songwriter RICHARD FAGAN is to enter an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility in Tennessee after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing following the death of his roommate.
Fagan stands accused of fatally stabbing business partner Gaetano Thomas Oteri on Saturday (26Apr08).
In court on Thursday (01May08), a judge set bail for the 61-year-old at $20,000 (GBP10,000) under the condition Fagan enter the substance abuse centre near Nashville.
Oteri, the elderly father of former Saturday Night Live regular Cheri Oteri, reportedly bled to death after his right wrist was slashed during an argument with Fagan at the home they shared in Nashville.
Fagan, who wrote John Michael Montgomery hits Be My Baby Tonight and Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident), faces the possibility of a criminal homicide charge after the case is heard by a grand jury.