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Texan killed friend over last beer
Reuters ^ | 12-5-02

Posted on 12/05/2002 5:14:22 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

BANDERA, Texas (Reuters) - A jury has handed a life prison sentence to a Texas man who shot and killed a longtime friend he accused of drinking the last beer in his refrigerator.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours on Thursday before passing the sentence on Steven Brasher, 42, for the murder of Willie Lawson, 39, on November 5 last year.

"There was only two beers left, so I took one, and I told Willie not to take my last beer," Brasher said in a taped statement that was played during the trial.

Testimony showed Brasher shot Lawson in the head with a pistol after the two began arguing over the missing beer. Brasher maintained the shooting was an accident.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: beer
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1 posted on 12/05/2002 5:14:22 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Hold muh hot lead in yore body" alert!
2 posted on 12/05/2002 5:15:49 PM PST by Illbay
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To: Illbay
Hey, Steve toad him not to take his last beer.
3 posted on 12/05/2002 5:16:44 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What brand of beer?
4 posted on 12/05/2002 5:17:17 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Your best friend is your best friend, but a beer is a beer.
5 posted on 12/05/2002 5:18:14 PM PST by VadeRetro
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To: mdittmar
Lone Star, of course.
6 posted on 12/05/2002 5:19:08 PM PST by dtel
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Need a "Hold my last beer****BANG****" alert on this one.
7 posted on 12/05/2002 5:19:31 PM PST by lelio
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To: mdittmar
What brand of beer?

Bud Life

8 posted on 12/05/2002 5:19:50 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"I told Willie not to take my last beer"

"And when he called me a cheese eating surrender monkey...well I just snapped."

9 posted on 12/05/2002 5:21:54 PM PST by amused
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Hey quick "Hold this beer" alert.
10 posted on 12/05/2002 5:22:20 PM PST by Crusader21stCentury
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Hey.! Man's gotta draw the line somewhere. Tough call. I mean geeez The "LAST Beer.?
11 posted on 12/05/2002 5:22:32 PM PST by Pompah
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The article doesn't say what kind of beer it was. That's an important factor.
12 posted on 12/05/2002 5:23:47 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
after the two began arguing over the missing beer
I sense a coverup. Perhaps Willie didn't take the last beer and Stephen made up this story as, you know, it was his last beer and he said not to touch it.
No beer! No Justice!
13 posted on 12/05/2002 5:23:56 PM PST by lelio
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
In Texas? Gotta get a change of venue on this one. Maybe Utah?
14 posted on 12/05/2002 5:24:09 PM PST by Mark
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"Yup." "Yup." "Yup." "Yup."

15 posted on 12/05/2002 5:26:40 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

16 posted on 12/05/2002 5:26:47 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The dead man's shirt.


17 posted on 12/05/2002 5:26:50 PM PST by South40
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I would venture to say that this guy will not be getting any beer in prison.
18 posted on 12/05/2002 5:30:23 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

In Heaven there is no beer
That's why we drink it here
And when we're all gone from here
Our friends will be drinking all the beer.

In Heaven there is no wine
So we drink till we feel fine
And when we leave this all behind
Our friends will be drinking all the wine.


19 posted on 12/05/2002 5:32:06 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Gosh, thanks for the article. I didn't even know this was illegal down here.
20 posted on 12/05/2002 5:32:39 PM PST by the_doc
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To: dtel
...Lone Star, of course.......

No I use my fist over the last Lone Star, guns are locked and loaded over my last Bud.

A couple of years ago I went to a Christmas party that had bottles of of "Pale Rider Ale".

It has a label that depicts Clind Eastwood on the pale horse. It ways it was brewed by "Celis Brewery" located in Austin, Texas. Not bad, but of course the worst beer I ever drank was wonderful.

Any body else ever seen this beer or knows about the brewer???
21 posted on 12/05/2002 5:32:49 PM PST by tall_tex
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To: Illbay
If there ever was a perfect excuse for murder, this has to be it.
22 posted on 12/05/2002 5:33:31 PM PST by billhilly
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Thou shalt not steal.
23 posted on 12/05/2002 5:34:10 PM PST by FITZ
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To: Sir Gawain

"Heineken!? #$%@ that $@#$! PABST BLUE RIBBON! THATS WHAT I DRINK!"

24 posted on 12/05/2002 5:35:54 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I hope he didnt use more than 1 bullet
25 posted on 12/05/2002 5:36:18 PM PST by prophetic
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To: Prodigal Son
Busch Bavarian maybe? Talking circa 1959. :)
26 posted on 12/05/2002 5:38:07 PM PST by cubreporter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Hey! He took the guy's last beer - he needed killin'.


Actually I think he should have had his and tossed the other to his "friend".
27 posted on 12/05/2002 5:40:29 PM PST by Tunehead54
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To: tall_tex
You didn't notice our boy's verbage, he had to be drinking the national beer of Texas, Lone Star. Don't forget it is dirt cheap.

As far as Celis, here is a link from a quick search, I haven't experienced the brew myself.

http://www.beerme.com/breweries/us/tx/1141.shtml
28 posted on 12/05/2002 5:40:48 PM PST by dtel
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To: cubreporter
The guy who drank the last beer should have said: " You can have it back when I'm done with it...it usually takes about 45 minutes or so....
29 posted on 12/05/2002 5:41:23 PM PST by outpost44
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It sounded fair enough to me at first, until I read it more closely. The killer took the next-to-last beer and even before drinking it told his friend that he had dibs on the last beer too.

Two for me and none for you? Sounds a bit piggy to me.
30 posted on 12/05/2002 5:46:38 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Willie Green
>>>>>In Heaven there is no beer>>>>>

If there is not, I think that I will stay right here.
31 posted on 12/05/2002 5:47:47 PM PST by tall_tex
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To: KneelBeforeZod
"Yup."
"You gotta respect oblinty vernbusten last beer in the fridge  remumbler dang  shot his ass off unneeglebartwan  nighchorple jail house long time."
"Yup."
"Yup."
32 posted on 12/05/2002 5:50:23 PM PST by gcruse
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To: mhking
King, where are you? This is the ultimate "DON'T hold my beer" ping.
33 posted on 12/05/2002 5:50:57 PM PST by xJones
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
After reading your post again, if I had been on the jury, I would have voted "justifable homicide".
34 posted on 12/05/2002 5:51:27 PM PST by tall_tex
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To: Cicero
It sounded fair enough to me at first, until I read it more closely. The killer took the next-to-last beer and even before drinking it told his friend that he had dibs on the last beer too.
Two for me and none for you? Sounds a bit piggy to me.

Exactly. There were TWO beers, that was enough for each to have one while they hopped in the truck and made a beer run. Sounds like this guy would have been stingy about it even if they were a couple of 40s. Beer is beer and all of that, but if you have 2 and your friend has none, give him one and head to the store.

35 posted on 12/05/2002 5:55:01 PM PST by JavaTheHutt
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To: Cicero
This guy simply didn't know how to share.It'll be a hell of a story to tell in prison.
36 posted on 12/05/2002 5:56:04 PM PST by Rocksalt
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Didn't Ben Franklin say: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ?
37 posted on 12/05/2002 5:58:55 PM PST by PresbyRev
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To: Illbay
" 'Hey, hold, mu...' BLAM!" Alert.
38 posted on 12/05/2002 6:04:17 PM PST by pabianice
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To: JavaTheHutt
....Exactly---ec,etc,etc...but if you have 2 and your friend has none give him one and head to the store.....

Could be a long walk in Bandera, we would not encourage him to drive, but then he was sober enough to hit his friends head with a bullet, so maybe you are correct.
39 posted on 12/05/2002 6:04:48 PM PST by tall_tex
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The investigation revealed that the police found two more beers in the freezer. The suspect later stated, "I forgot about them."
40 posted on 12/05/2002 6:16:27 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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41 posted on 12/05/2002 6:16:44 PM PST by Bob J
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Pryor: So, what got you sent to prison?

Convict: I killed my whole family.

Pryor: Why did you do that?

Convict: They was home.
43 posted on 12/05/2002 6:23:27 PM PST by MedicalMess
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This is a "Dude where's muh beer alert"
44 posted on 12/05/2002 6:29:31 PM PST by xp38
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Using the term "friend" rather loosely . . .
45 posted on 12/05/2002 6:32:45 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: tall_tex
Celis went out of buisness I think. I can say for sure they are no longer in the building where they had a brewery in northeast Austin.
46 posted on 12/05/2002 6:33:39 PM PST by davetex
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The victim should of said: "Hey pardner, I'm only borrowing it!"
47 posted on 12/05/2002 6:36:08 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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we would not encourage him to drive

Are you kidding me? Seriously, pop in a George Jones cd, crank it up, and make a B - double E - double R - U - N!

They'd of been laughing and in a good mood when they got back with a truck load of brew. Instead, one is dead, and the other is wishing he had some soap on a rope.

48 posted on 12/05/2002 6:39:24 PM PST by JavaTheHutt
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To: TEXASPROUD; Squantos
LOL PING!
49 posted on 12/05/2002 6:39:38 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I'll blast ya to kingdom come if you touch that last can critter!

50 posted on 12/05/2002 6:48:33 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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