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Cheri Oteri's Father Killed - Sherry Oterri Dad Murder Murdered

Updated on May 5, 2008

Richard Fagan, Richard William Fagan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville police have arrested a country songwriter in the stabbing death of the father of TV comic Cheri Oteri (oh-TEHR-ee).

Authorities said Monday they had charged 61-year-old Richard William Fagan with criminal homicide in the Saturday night killing of 69-year-old Gaetano Thomas Oteri.

The victim's daughter was on the cast of "Saturday Night Live." Police say she has been told of her father's death.

Police say Fagan and the victim were roommates.

Fagan is listed as co-writer on hits by singer John Michael Montgomery, including "Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)," "Be My Baby Tonight," and "I Miss You a Little."

---The father of former SNL cast member Cheri Oteri was stabbed to death on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Authorities have arrested and charged country songwriter Richard Fagan, 61, with criminal homicide in the death of Gaetano Thomas Oteri, 69, the Associated Press reports.

Oteri, known as "Tom," was Fagan's roommate as well as his longtime music associate and publisher. According to the local NewsChannel 5, the incident took place at Fagan's home in South Nashville on Saturday night.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that Fagan was arrested Saturday night for a DUI. The songwriter told police that a fight had occurred around 9 p.m. between the two men, and that Fagan used a Colt pocket knife to cut Oteri across his body before leaving the scene, according to affidavits. Oteri's body was discovered by a friend on Sunday afternoon.

Fagan wrote the No. 1 songs "Be My Baby Tonight" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" for John Michael Montgomery.

Authorities have said that said Cheri Oteri, who most recently filmed a role in the Jessica Simpson movie Major Movie Star, is aware of her father's death. A rep for Oteri had no comment.


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      Tom from WPB 6 years ago

      My god I had no idea

      Ijust want you back, O'great one