- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas elected official has been indicted on a felony elderly abuse charge over what investigators say was a dispute about setting up for communion at church.

Court records show Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton of Tyler was indicted Sept. 7 after a 72-year-old woman reported being hurt at Spring Creek Baptist Church.

An arrest affidavit says the 60-year-old Hampton on April 2 shoved the older women during an argument over whose turn it was to lay out communion items. The older woman fell into a chair and hurt her wrist. The incident happened as the older woman met with a pastor.

Hampton, who’s denied any physical contact, was arrested April 24 and freed on $10,000 bond. She didn’t immediately return a message for comment Tuesday.

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