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80-year-old charged with trying to kill her spouse

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An 80-year-old Fort Worth woman is behind bars for the first time in her life after allegedly trying to kill her ex-husband during an argument.

Tempie Strickland is being held in the Mansfield jail on attempted murder charges. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Police said she pointed a gun at 73-year-old Sterling Strickland's chest Sunday night because she was fed up with him staying out late at the barber shop and bingo. She pulled the trigger, but the weapon didn't fire.

Sterling called 911, but reportedly told police he didn't want Tempie charged. However, police are required to make an arrest in suspected domestic violence cases.

From behind bars, Tempie told FOX 4 that she and Sterling are divorced, but live together for convenience.

She said she's sorry about what happened, but she was upset and thought he was going to hit her. She just meant to scare him, she said.

The elderly church-going woman said she doesn't like jail very much.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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