Songwriter gets bond in death of Cheri Oteri's dad, to go to rehab

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville songwriter charged in the stabbing death of his roommate -- the father of TV comic Cheri Oteri -- has been released, but a judge ordered him to attend alcohol treatment.

Richard William Fagan was in court Thursday on a criminal homicide charge in the death of 69-year-old Gaetano Thomas Oteri.

Police say the two had been drinking when Fagan cut Oteri on the wrist Saturday night. Fagan left the house and was later arrested on a DUI charge.

Oteri was found dead the next day of what authorities described as a "significant laceration."

Judge Dianne Turner ordered Fagan to go to a drug-alcohol treatment center and set the 61-year-old songwriter's bond at $20,000.

Fagan co-wrote hits for singer John Michael Montgomery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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