The father of TV comic Cheri Oteri was stabbed to death and a country songwriter has been arrested, police said Monday.
Richard William Fagan, 61, had been charged with criminal homicide in the Saturday night death of 69-year-old Gaetano Thomas Oteri, police said.
Authorities said the victim’s daughter, who was on the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” had been told of her father’s death.
Police say Fagan and the victim were roommates.
Police said Fagan had been arrested Saturday night on a charge of driving under the influence and shortly after he posted bail Sunday a friend of the roommates told police their door was locked, the house appeared to be in disarray and Oteri wasn’t answering the door.
Emergency medical technicians found Oteri dead in the house.
It appears that Oteri died from a “significant laceration” to his wrist caused by Fagan’s knife, police spokesman Don Aaron said.
Police said detectives found Fagan while he was still with his bail bondsman.
Jail officials say they don’t have a record of a lawyer for Fagan.
Fagan is listed as co-writer on hits by singer John Michael Montgomery, including “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident),” “Be My Baby Tonight,” and “I Miss You a Little.”
Fagan told police his songs have been recorded by several country artists.