Peggy Railey Dies Years After Attack Left Her Incapacitated

A Tyler nursing home has cared for Peggy Railey since she was brutally attacked in the garage of her Dallas home

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    Peggy Railey, former wife of a Dallas minister who was acquitted at a sensational trial of trying to kill her, has died nearly 25 years after an attack left her incapacitated.

    Ron Gamel of the Tyler Memorial Funeral Home confirmed the death Tuesday but declined to release details, citing a family request for privacy.

    April 1993: Railey Acquitted of Attempted Murder

    [DFW] April 1993: Railey Acquitted of Attempted Murder
    Two reports from April 1993 cover Walker Railey's acquittal of trying to kill his wife, in an attack that left Peggy Railey incapacitated, and reaction of the former Dallas minister's congregation. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011)

    Railey, who was 38 at the time of the savage choking assault at her Dallas-area home in April 1987, never recovered 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 eventually acknowledged lying about his whereabouts the night of the attack to hide an affair.

    The Tyler Morning Telegraph first reported the death.

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