SNL Alum's Dad Murdered in Nashville

Police say Oteri's father killed by his songwriting partner
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2008 11:39 AM CDT
TV Comedienne Cheri Oteri in January.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
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(Newser) – A hit-making Nashville songwriter was charged yesterday in the pocketknife murder of his producing partner, who—in a headline-grabbing twist out of an old country ballad—is the father of former Saturday Night Live comedienne Cheri Oteri, TMZ reports. Nashville police said Oteri’s father had a "significant laceration” to his wrist, the AP reports.

Richard Fagan, 61, who wrote songs for Hollywood movies such as Tin Cup and hit No. 1 with John Michael Montgomery’s 1994 Be My Baby Tonight, was arrested Saturday night on DUI charges and rearrested for murder Sunday after a friend of the men, who were roommates, told police that Gaetano Thomas Oteri, 69, wasn't answering the door.