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Texas Woman, 71, Arrested for Anti-Gay Hate Assault with Cane

A 71-year-old woman was arrested and charged with a hate crime for using her cane in an anti-gay attack on a man, the Star-Telegram reports:

DerbyWanda Derby attacked the 25-year-old man Wednesday night as her son was moving into the man's apartment, Richland Hills police said.

"This apparently angered Derby," Richland Hills Detective Tye Bell said in a news release.

Derby referred to the man with a homosexual slur and told authorities that the man "has AIDS and is going to kill her son," according to the news release. Derby, who was arrested Wednesday, was free Thursday afternoon on $11,500 bail, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. She is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, enhanced as a hate crime, and assault causing bodily injury.

...Derby is accused of hitting the man, who was not identified, several times with a cane and choking him by placing the cane against his throat. The man's mother saw the attack and went to help. As she called 911, she was hit in the face, Richland Hills police said. The man had marks and bruises on his throat and body and was treated at the scene, police said.

Derby's Facebook page is littered with angry rants about her neighbors, including this one about her son.


UPDATE: Derby's victim is speaking out. Check out his interview HERE.

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  1. Whomever her son is, he is free of this old baggage with nothing to offer him but hatred, division, and annoyance. Good riddance you hateful old bigot.

    Posted by: Mykelb | Mar 30, 2012 10:00:01 AM

  2. @ANON, "defend himself"? Can you imagine how differently this story would have been reported had he lifted one finger to defend himself against a 71 year old WOMAN with a cane? Men are already pilloried, and ARRESTED, when they try to defend themselves against violent attacks from young, able bodied women.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 30, 2012 10:01:32 AM

  3. That's not a hate crime, it's a HATE CANE!

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 30, 2012 10:01:46 AM

  4. hope the old bat goes to jail over this

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Mar 30, 2012 10:04:20 AM

  5. "...My family accepts his choice and always will..."

    Well how verrrrrrrry country of you to spill your religious clap-trap "its a choice" b.s.

    The only choicne he is making is staying in 'your mom's' house.

    Sorry to shake your holy timbers but baby...whether you like it or not...

    ...No matter WHAT the snake-handler in your little churchy place tells you, We're BORN this way.

    Posted by: Mic | Mar 30, 2012 10:16:00 AM

  6. How does a grown man allow himself to be assaulted this way by an elderly woman w a cane?

    And they wonder why we get attacked so often....

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 30, 2012 10:27:44 AM

  7. Texas again. It HAS to be the water.

    @jackfkntwist: where'd you get that tee shirt? Is it a commercial product or did you make a one-off? I'd like to have one--pref in navy, to show off my blue eyes.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Mar 30, 2012 10:32:22 AM

  8. Surely one of the Faux News sheeple who just sits at home all day on disability being fed 24/7 that minorities, gays, and Obama are trying to destroy our country.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 30, 2012 10:41:40 AM

  9. So much for expressing Christian love, and the commandment to love thy neighbor. Witch!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 30, 2012 10:42:15 AM

  10. Ya gotta love good ole Southern Christian Family Values.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Mar 30, 2012 11:00:14 AM

  11. This has got to be one of the most pathetic stories I have ever read and the comments, with a few exceptions like Mark's comment above, just make it even more pathetic.

    Reality check, people: A 71-YEAR-OLD WOMAN is being accused of a crime for "attacking" a 25-YEAR-OLD MAN?!!!! And you think she should be?!!!!

    Are you kidding me?

    OK, she is a bigot, but, good God, her views are just the norm for people in her age group, so that should be taken into account.

    That aside, though, are you telling me that a 25-year-old man is such a wuss that he could not simply grab the cane and take it away from the woman and let that be the end of it, rather than actually filing charges?!!!

    Almost anyone reading about this is going to form a negative impression of gay men or have their existing negative impressions reinforced, of us being weak little cowardly sissies and/or petty, bitchy queens for the behavior displayed.


    Posted by: Rick | Mar 30, 2012 11:14:11 AM

  12. I'm sorry but how did a 25 year old male get taken down by a 71 year old woman(?)... With a cane.

    Posted by: Tommy | Mar 30, 2012 11:20:13 AM

  13. This is why we get gay bashed. We just stand there and take it.

    Rip the cane out of her hand and break it.

    If she comes at you and tries to hit you you push her away.

    If she keeps coming at you you body slam her.

    If she still keeps coming you plant the bottom of your foot in her chest.

    Man the f-k up

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 30, 2012 12:19:26 PM

  14. Mean, senile, old ladies have the right to whack anybody they like. They've earned it. What sort of man, gay or otherwise, is going to admit that a 71 year old lady had a chance of doing him any serious damage? I'd be annoyed but I wouldn't bother with the law.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Mar 30, 2012 12:19:41 PM

  15. This is not 'extremely distressing'. This is a sad, nutty old bat who doesn't value her adult child's decisions. He should welcome the chance to get away with her. calling this a hate-crime is pretty much an insult to all those people who get put in hospital with horrible injuries or even killed by homophobes. There are some 'ordeals' that should simply be shrugged off. This culture of victimhood is getting too much: are we going to run crying to a lawyer every time ANYTHING unpleasant happens to us. This doesn not mean I condone systematic bullying, abuse or even proper assault. But this is none of those. This just makes the 'victim' look weak and silly. I bet heteropsexual men are constantly getting whacked about for no particular reason and most of them would be ashamed to admit that a 71 year old lady got one over one them, let along go to the cops with it. Man up and forget about it.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Mar 30, 2012 12:28:59 PM

  16. So I'm wondering what happens to the old lady when the neighbor gets a restraining order and she can't be within 500 feet of him...

    I don't care what happens, particularly... Just wondering. She deserves exactly what she gets, as does anyone who resorts to violence to solve a disagreement.

    I'm a little surprised to hear so many suggesting the young man should have just beat the crap out of her and be done with it... REALLY?? You think he should beat up his new boyfriend's mother in FRONT of her son? Yeah, that would have made everything SO much better...

    I think the young man did the CHRISTIAN thing (respecting an elder who deserves absolutely no respect whatsoever)... And good for him! This old dirtbag is gonna have to live with her new-found fame. The boys will get over it.

    She will be queen of the cell block if they toss her away. And they really should. Apparently no gay man within cane's distance of her is safe...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Mar 30, 2012 1:40:41 PM

  17. "I'm sorry but how did a 25 year old male get taken down by a 71 year old woman(?)... With a cane."

    exactly. the whole 'story'has an element of we've-fallen-through-the-looking-glass about it. smh.

    Posted by: unokhan | Mar 30, 2012 2:46:49 PM

  18. What an Ugly person...

    Posted by: jamess | Mar 30, 2012 2:58:47 PM

  19. LYNN CHILDERS: great you accept you brother, but remember it is NOT a "choice". Educate yourself that your brother is who he is because he was born that way. PERIOD.

    It's a sexual orientation, NOT a choice!

    Posted by: FunMe | Mar 30, 2012 5:30:32 PM

  20. mama is cra-cra.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Mar 30, 2012 7:27:04 PM

  21. It was the young man's mother who dialed 911. That's why the crazy woman struck her, too. According to the story, the police arrested the crazy woman and charged her with a hate crime based on her own account of what happened and why. They didn't need to rely on the explanation given by the young man and his mother. The crazy woman was proud of what she did and apparently she expected the police to give her a high five.

    What a hateful old loon. According to her Facebook page she "Loves Jesus" but hates Obamacare and Obama and all Democrats. However, she's a good Christian woman who loves two of her sons but the one who's moving in "with the idiots nextdoor doesn't matter at all." Nice to tell the whole world you hate your son.

    Posted by: Ninong | Mar 31, 2012 1:25:00 AM

  22. Who would have thought that Texas might be more progressive than FloriDUH.

    Posted by: Sal | Mar 31, 2012 8:18:23 AM

  23. @ Lynn Childers. Thanks for clearing things up. However, I'd like to remind you that your brother's sexuality is not "choice".

    Posted by: Curt | Mar 31, 2012 10:30:05 AM

  24. ...I would like to be charitable and say that she is likley to sufffer from severe depression brought on daily by having to look at that face everyday in a mirror, but I can't. I'm quite sure her "faith" allowed her violent behavior. Troll.

    Posted by: thom | Mar 31, 2012 11:32:30 AM

  25. @ JACKFKNTWIST... WHERE can I get a T-Shirt that says that ?!

    Posted by: Tre | Mar 31, 2012 12:19:27 PM

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