Karaoke Murder: American Tourist, Bobby Ray Carter Jr., Killed By Musician Who Wanted Him To Stop Singing

Bobby Ray Carter, 51, an American tourist visiting a popular beach town in Thailand, was reportedly stabbed during a bar brawl with three musicians. Carter joined the band on stage for karaoke but refused to leave following a dispute over the song choice.

Carter and his son, Adam, 27, got into an altercation with the backing band outside the karaoke bar early Wednesday morning, reports the Associated Press. One of the musicians allegedly stabbed Carter in the chest with an iron rod, and Adam was also injured in the fight. The three musicians were arrested.

The incident occurred at Longhorn Saloon in Ao Nang, a popular beach town in Krabi Province, where Carter was intoxicated before joining the band on stage, reports Agence France-Presse. Carter objected to the band ignoring his song request and instead playing Eagles cover “Hotel California,” AP reports. The band was reportedly about to take a break prior to the dispute.

Following the dispute, Carter wanted to take his tip back from the band. Lieutenant Colonel Attapong Seanjaiwuth, from the Krabi tourist police, said of Carter and the incident, “The real fight broke out outside of that pub. He was stabbed twice and died on the way to local hospital,” reports AFP. Carter and his son were rushed to Krabi Hospital where Carter was pronounced dead.

Adam was treated for head injuries and later transferred to Bangkok Hospital Phuket, reports Phuket Gazette. The news outlet also identified the three musicians involved the altercation as Ratikorn Romin, 27, Sathid Somsa, 40, and Nopanan Yoddecha, 26. AFP reports the musicians confessed to their involvement and were arrested at the Longhorn Saloon.

Ratikorn Romin later issued a statement detailing the altercation, stating, “After a while they came outside and started another argument with us. The father knocked me to the ground first, and I could not breathe because he was sitting on my chest... Then I spotted a sharp piece of metal nearby, so I grabbed it and stabbed him,” reports the Phuket Gazette.

The musicians were charged with the assault and murder of Carter, and Sathid Somsa is being charged with possession of an illegal firearm after police discovered a homemade gun on his person, the Phuket Gazette reports.

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