Randy Howard, one of the early “outlaw country” artists and a native of Macon, was shot and killed by a bounty hunter at his home in Lynchburg, Tennessee the night of June 9th.
The bounty hunter was serving a bench warrant stemming from charges of DUI (Howard’s fourth), possession of a firearm while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license. Howard had failed to appear for a recent court date.
According to reports, the bounty hunter had a warrant and entered Howard’s premises. He was met with gunfire and shot back, killing Howard. The bounty hunter was also injured and taken to a local hospital to undergo surgery; he is expected to recover.
Randy Howard was 65, and had lived in Lynchburg for 25 years. His recording career began in the mid 70s, and released albums for Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records in the ‘80s. He is perhaps best known for his 1983 song “All American Redneck,” and more recently had written songs for Hank Williams III.