Radio Host Rickey Smiley Bails Out 80-Year-Old Fort Worth Woman Who Almost Shot Husband

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Tempie Strickland
The story was absurd enough when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported it earlier this week. Tempie Strickland, an 80-year-old Fort Worth woman fed up with her ex-husband's lip and his late-night trips to the barber shop and bingo hall, allegedly tried to murder him on Sunday. Police said she would have done it, too, had the revolver not jammed, though she insists otherwise.

"I pulled a gun, but I wasn't shooting at him. I was scaring him, you know," she told Fox 4 in a jailhouse interview. "I didn't turn it to him and the bullet didn't go off, and I didn't do it no more."

The two of them had a complicated relationship. They were married for almost four decades, divorcing a couple of years ago but remaining in the same house. Even though 73-year-old Sterling Strickland called the cops on his former wife, he didn't want her to go to jail.

Yet go to jail she did, and she stayed there for three nights. Her attempted murder charge carried with it a $100,000 bond, which she did not have the means to post. "I don't know [when I'll get out]," she told Fox 4. "They never did tell me. I might be in here the rest of my life."

Her charge was reduced to aggravated assault and her bail was dropped. Then, Atlanta-based radio host Rickey Smiley, heard locally on KBFB-FM 97.9 The Beat, came to her rescue.

Fort Worth attorney Bobbi Edmonds arranged for Smiley to post the bail. "I think he heard the story just like everybody else yesterday when it was on the news," she says. He couldn't sleep, so he felt compelled to do something about it.

Strickland was released from jail late this morning. Edmonds says she was picked up by church members, whom she will be staying with for the next few days.

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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Come on, ... she probably was just giving him some whatfor that he probably deserved just on sheer principle ...

oilman
oilman

..."attempted murder charge carried with it a $100,000 bond"...now this is the kind of charge and treatment for someone who shoots the victim four times for standing up in his own yard.  Did the criminal who shot the unarmed victim four times in the victims' own yard have to go to jail and pay $100,000 bond???...your remember?...the criminal who wore the uniform that's supposed to stand for serving and protecting the citizens...

oilman
oilman

 ..."attempted murder charge carried with it a $100,000 bond"...poor grandmothers always get stuck...now this is the kind of charge and treatment that should be reserved for someone who shoots the victim four times for standing up in his own yard.  Did the criminal who shot the unarmed victim four times in his own yard go to jail and have to deal with that kind of bond?...you remember - the one who wore the uniform that's suppose to indicate service and protection of the citizens...

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

It's nice that she was able to do this for Smiley so that he could feel good about himself.

rubberduky
rubberduky

I sho doos appreshiates ya sir, fo balen mee owt.  :)

doublecheese
doublecheese

Police said she would have done it, too, had the revolver not jammed 

Jamming...I'm not going to say that there's never been a revolver with a mechanical problem, but revolvers pretty much just don't do this.

tdkisok
tdkisok

That's the way love do.

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