Finally some sort of justice for the Beathard family.
If you remember back in December 2019, Clayton Beathard was stabbed to death outside of a Nashville bar. Clay played football at Long Island University, and was the son of legendary songwriter Casey Beathard, who’s written hits like “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan, “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” by George Strait, and several of Eric Church’s biggest songs. Clay was also the brother of country singer Tucker Beathard and former 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard.
According to police at the time, the altercation outside of the Dogwood Bar in midtown Nashville appeared to have started inside the bar over a woman, and then turned physical once everybody got outside. Beathard was killed along with one other man, Paul Trapeni III, and a third man was stabbed and left permanently blinded in one eye.
The suspect was identified as Michael Mosley, who had also been involved in a stabbing in 2015, and was involved in an inmate brawl at Cheatham County Jail earlier in 2019. He had also been arrested for aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury just a month before the December 2019 stabbing.
Mosley was charged with two counts of first degree murder, as well as one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of assault.
And today, a Davidson County jury found him guilty of all charges, after deliberating for less than an hour.
Even after the trial, what happened to lead up to the deadly events is still a little unclear. Based on witness testimony, it seems that Mosley may have been attempting to hit on a girl at the bar who became uncomfortable. The group of friends including the victims may have been trying to protect the girl, and one witness testified that she heard a man who was possibly either Mosley or a friend of his say “we’re going to fight them.”
That friend of Mosley’s, Sergio Alvarado, has reportedly been linked to the MS-13 gang, and did not show up to court to testify on the second day of the trial. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest, and prosecutors allege that Mosley and Alvarado were selling drugs that evening.
Now that he’s been convicted, Mosley faces two life sentences on the murder charges. If the judge runs the charges consecutively, one after the other, Mosley would not be eligible for parole for more than 100 years.
Obviously nothing will ever bring their sons back, but I hope the verdict at least helps the family gain a little closure from such a terrible event.