Tempie Strickland, an 80-year-old woman was arrested in Fort Worth, TX on Sunday, November 10th after she allegedly tried to kill her ex-husband/roommate during a fight about him staying out too late. Rickey Smiley became aware of the story after the story was sent to him via social media.
At first, Rickey saw the hilarity in the story, but then it made him think of his beloved and deceased grandmother and great grandmother. “It moved me in a certain way,” Smiley explained. “I started digging…I wanted her released.”
What moved Smiley the most was Strickland herself, because when she was asked in an interview (see the video below) how long she would be behind bars, she didn’t know if her last days alive would be devoid of freedom. Smiley says, “It broke my heart,” and added that everyone deserves due process.
“I’m not defending the crime of pulling guns out on people,” Smiley stated, but he didn’t want her to die in jail before she was able to be judged by her peers. “When it comes to seniors, I’m really sensitive, says Smiley.
Rickey Smiley came to Tempie Strickland’s rescue by posting the necessary bond money (originally set at $100,000), and now Tempie Strickland has been released from custody. While Smiley recognizes that even old people fight, he reiterates that he does not condone Strickland’s actions, but wants her to receive due process.
Tempie Strickland initial charge of attempted murder has been reduced to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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