Country music star Randy Travis has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault citation he received after a fight in a church parking lot in August, Plano authorities say.
If Travis stays out of trouble with law enforcement for 90 days, a period that began last week, the citation will be dismissed, he will avoid jail time and no conviction will appear on his record, authorities said this week.
The citation was issued Aug. 23 when Travis was involved in an argument between his fiancee, Mary Beougher, and her estranged husband in the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano police reported.
The deferred adjudication plea may end the criminal case, but Travis and Beougher have taken the case to Collin County civil court. They sued her estranged husband, Ritchie Dean Beougher, and his uncle, William Barnes Davis.
The suit describes the episode in the church parking lot as a fight started by Ritchie Beougher toward Mary Beougher and their daughter, Cavanaugh Beougher. Davis soon joined in, the suit states. Travis saw the two women being hit by the two men and attempted to help.
When police arrived, Davis had Travis pinned to the ground, and it took several commands from a Plano police officer before Davis released him, the suit states. Travis and Cavanaugh Beougher were issued citations, but Ritchie Beougher and Davis were not, according to the suit.
The suit asserts that Ritchie Beougher and Davis conspired to physically injure Travis and Mary Beougher and to gain leverage in the pending divorce.
Travis still faces trial in Grayson County. On Aug. 7, he wrecked his car on Farm Road 922, west of Tioga. He was naked when he was found on the road and was accused of threatening to kill the state troopers who arrested him. On Jan. 9, he was formally charged with driving while intoxicated, according to a news release from the Grayson County district attorney's office. His blood-alcohol content was greater than 0.15, making the charge a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of two years in jail and a $4,000 fine.
It could not be learned Friday whether a court date has been set on that charge and whether he has been charged in the threats against the troopers.
In February last year, after the Super Bowl, Travis got a misdemeanor citation for public intoxication after officers found him sitting in his car outside a Sanger church with an open bottle of wine. According to media reports, in September he paid a fine and was placed on 90 days probation in a deferred adjudication agreement with Denton County prosecutors, similar to the one he has made with Collin County prosecutors.
Travis has several tour dates scheduled in March including at a stop at Billy Bob's Texas on March 23.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives and The Associated Press.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752