American Tourist Killed By Band In Thailand For Refusing To Leave The Stage

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published August 1, 2013


In a bizarre turn of events on July 31st, Texas man Bobby Ray Carter Jr. was killed in Thailand outside of The Longhorn Saloon Bar at Ao Nang beach in Krabi province. Carter, who was there with his 27-year-old son, was allegedly intoxicated and insisted on singing with the band.

“Witnesses said Carter got angry when the band played "Hotel California" instead of the song he requested, and he refused to step down,” Krabi city police chief Col. Taksin Pochakorn said.

A fight broke out onstage and the band's tip jar was knocked over, after which another brawl occurred outside the bar. One of the men accused in the killing, was quoted in the Phuket Gazette:

"We accept that we attacked them, but we didn’t intend to kill anyone. The father and son came to the pub and they joined us singing on the stage," he told police. "Then we had an argument with them because they refused to stop singing when the time was up. The father knocked our tip-box to the floor. We left the stage and sat [outside] in front of the bar. After a while they came outside and started another argument with us. The father knocked me to the ground first, and I could not breathe because he was sitting on my chest. Then I spotted a sharp piece of metal nearby, so I grabbed it and stabbed him."

All three band members were arrested and charged with assault and murder. Police also seized a homemade gun and one man was charged for possession of an illegal firearm.

As the altercation occurred during "Hotel California," we strongly suspect it went down like this:

Source: Phuket Gazette

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