Country singer gets restraining order against Spring woman accused of stalking him


by Rekha Muddaraj / KHOU 11 News & staff

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 5:25 PM

HOUSTON – A judge granted country singer Steve Wariner a temporary restraining order against a Spring woman Friday.

Wariner said Linda Marie Shinn, 55, has been stalking him since the first time he performed at RodeoHouston in 1989.

In court documents, Wariner said Shinn and her son were allowed backstage because he was told the boy had cancer and was part of the Make A Wish program.

Since then, Wariner says Shinn has sent him countless letters, emails and Facebook posts. He said she has professed her love, begged him to call her and asked for money.

On July 16, she wrote "I’m pouring my heart out to you. Why can’t you call me and do you really love me?"

In one letter, Shinn described the furniture in Wariner’s Tennessee home. She also claimed to be clairvoyant, saying, "Your mom is around me right now."

Wariner said the letters are "absurd and frightening."

Shinn was arrested in Tennessee in May 2012 and charged with harassment. She was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty.

But Wariner and his wife Caryn told the judge Friday that the letters started up again as soon as the probation ended.

The judge ordered Shinn not to contact the Wariners or attend his upcoming concerts in Texas.

She didn’t show up at Friday’s civil hearing. But Shinn told KHOU 11 News last month that she never claimed her son had cancer. She said Wariner’s legal action is a publicity stunt for his new album.