The ex-wife of an American tourist stabbed to death last week has rejected claims by Krabi police the attack stemmed from an altercation over a karaoke request.
Texas businessman Bobby Ray Carter Jr, 51, died in hospital after he was stabbed with an iron rod during a confrontation outside the beach bar at Ao Nang early on Wednesday.
Carter was travelling with a son from his first marriage, Adam Carter, 27, and his current wife, Kelly, both of whom have not spoken directly about the attack.
Police said on Thursday that according to their preliminary investigation, Carter was drunk, began singing with the band and refused to leave the stage to let other customers sing.
''Witnesses said Carter got angry when the band played Hotel California instead of the song he requested, and he refused to step down,'' police chief Col Taksin Pochakorn said. He said the band then stopped playing and Carter and his son got into an argument with the musicians.
However, Carter's first wife, Melissa Carter, said the facts were being distorted. She said she had spoken to her son who told her the group paid their tab and left the bar after the band started to grow hostile towards them.
''They want to make it look like it was a crazy tourist,'' she told Yahoo News. ''Bob barely even drinks. That's not how our family is.''
She was adamant there was no confrontation in the bar and that the American group was rushed by the musicians and other locals as they were walking away.
''For anything to be written that makes it look like he was in a drunken brawl is absolutely a lie,'' she said.
Police said Carter's wife and son were interviewed on Friday, but details of their testimony were not available.
Three of the band members were charged with causing death by physical attack, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.
Ratikorn Romin, 27, who allegedly stabbed Carter, was granted bail while his band mates were ordered held.
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