Acquitted pastor's ex-wife dies years after attack
TYLER, Texas (AP) — Peggy Railey, the former wife of a Dallas minister who was acquitted at a sensational trial of trying to kill her, has died nearly 25 years after the attack left her incapacitated.
Ron Gamel of the Tyler Memorial Funeral Home confirmed the death but declined to release details Tuesday, citing a family request for privacy.
Railey, 63, never recovered from the savage choking assault at her Dallas-area home in April 1987 and remained in what doctors called a vegetative state.
Walker Railey, her husband at the time of the attack, was once a rising star at Dallas' First United Methodist Church. He was acquitted in 1993 of trying to strangle his wife, though acknowledged lying about his whereabouts to hide an affair.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph first reported the death.