A Nashville songwriter is charged in the stabbing death of Gaetano Thomas Oteri

By Ulrica Wihlborg
April 28, 2008 03:00 PM
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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.