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80-year-old won't face trial over gun incident with ex-husband

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An elderly woman who had her bond paid by radio host Rickey Smiley was will not face trial over a gun incident involving her ex-husband.

Tempie Strickland, 80, was jailed in November on an aggravated assault charge after she allegedly pointed a gun at her ex-husband. She reportedly pulled the trigger, but the weapon failed to fire.

A Tarrant County Grand Jury no-billed the woman on Tuesday, according to her attorney. Tempie now lives in a nursing home, suffering from symptoms of onset dementia.

Smiley heard about the story and decided to post bond for the woman a few days after her arrest last November. Smiley's morning program airs locally on 97.9 The Beat and is also featured on Dish Nation, which airs on FOX4.

Tempie was held for a few days in Nov. 2013 in the Mansfield jail originally on an attempted murder charge. But police reduced the charge from attempted murder to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Tempie told FOX4 in November she hadn't heard of Rickey Smiley, but said she was a new fan of him after his help.

Police said the woman pointed a gun at 73-year-old Sterling Strickland's chest 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 last fall, Tempie told FOX4 that she and Sterling are divorced, but lived together for convenience.

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

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