There are conflicting stories about the death of Dallas businessman Bobby Ray Carter Jr., 51, stabbed to death in Thailand.
Thai police say his actions led to his death. His family tells a different story.
The family says it's made to sound like some kind of drunken brawl. Bobby Carter's wife says reports about her husband's death have come from Thai police who arrested and interviewed three suspects.
But until Wednesday, police have yet to speak to her or anyone they were with when it happened Monday night.
Carter Jr., his wife Kelly and their 18-month-old daughter Sadie returned to Thailand to celebrate his birthday. The Carter's, who own LED Cool Lights in Dallas, were meeting up with several other couples including Carter's adult son. The group was at the bar at Ao Nang beach in Krabi province in an area that caters to tourists Monday night. There are conflicting stories about what happened when they left and what led to the arrest of three of the band members.
Relatives say Kelly told them they'd tipped the band several times to play certain songs so they could sing. However, when they stopped and wanted to leave, band members got annoyed.
Jennifer Blackwood, Kelly Carter's sister, explains what she knows. "Bobby said 'leave us alone, we are going home, we don't want any trouble.' And the men, from what I understand, began to attack them. They stabbed Bobby in the heart and his lung was punctured. Bobby unfortunately died before he could reach the hospital."
Thai police arrested the three band members who face charges of causing death by physical attack. According to Thai police, they claim Bobby was drunk and didn't want to stop singing and so a confrontation ensued. That's when a band member stabbed him. Bobby's wife vehemently denies that account. The family says Bobby's adult son was also stabbed, trying to protect his father.
Bobby's family is confident justice will be served. Right now they are focused on getting everyone back to the United States.
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