December 06, 2002
Beer killing gets life term

From today's Chron:

BANDERA -- A jury Thursday handed a life sentence to a man who shot and killed a longtime friend he accused of drinking the last beer in his refrigerator.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before passing the sentence on Steven Brasher, 42, for the murder of Willie Lawson, 39, on Nov. 5, 2001.

"There was only two beers left, so I took one, and I told Willie not to take my last beer," Brasher said in a taped statement that was played during the trial.

Testimony showed Brasher shot Lawson in the head with a pistol after the two began arguing over the missing beer. Brasher maintained the shooting was an accident

The real tragedy here is that he probably killed the dude over a Coors Lite or something like that. Nobody has any standards any more, I suppose.

UPDATE: Naturally, Larry spotted this one, too.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 06, 2002 to The great state of Texas | TrackBack

The story's incorrect in one regard... longtime friends in Texas don't take the last beer. Not even Dave Ward would do that on his home turf of Kays.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on December 6, 2002 10:23 AM