Elderly Deacon Accused of Lying About Robbery

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    Police mull charges for elderly deacon.

    A deacon who told investigators he slugged it out with robbers to protect the offering of the Dallas-area church allegedly lied.

    Authorities are considering charges against 77-year-old Bill Hammett for filing a false report over what he reported as an attack at First Baptist Church in Sunnyvale.

    Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kim Leach originally said investigators believed that robbers fled Nov. 29 with Hammett's wallet and some cash.

    The evidence did not add up and Hammett allegedly confessed, investigators said in published reports. Hammett could not immediately be reached for further comment.

    Sunnyvale is about 15 miles east of Dallas.