Songwriter accused in death of comic's dad released on bond

Associated Press - May 1, 2008 6:23 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville songwriter accused of killing comedic actress Cheri Oteri's father has been released on bond.

A judge set bond Thursday at $20,000 for Richard William Fagan. The judge has also ordered Fagan to go to a drug and alcohol treatment center.

Fagan faces a criminal homicide charge in the death of 69-year-old Gaetano Thomas Oteri.

Police say the two roommates had been drinking when Fagan cut Oteri on the wrist Saturday night. Fagan left the house and was later arrested on a DUI charge.

Oteri was found dead the next day of what authorities described as a "significant laceration."

Fagan's attorney, Glenn Funk, says he was pleased with the judge's order and that he believes Fagan did not intend to kill Oteri.

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