Peggy Railey, former wife of pastor acquitted in attack

Peggy Railey

TYLER, Texas — 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 a brutal attack left her incapacitated.

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

Ms. 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’s First United Methodist Church.

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He was acquitted in 1993 of charges of trying to strangle his wife, though he acknowledged lying about his whereabouts to hide an affair.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph first reported the death.