Domestic Assault Breaks Out on Live Radio Between Palestine Mayor and Co-Host; Serious Injuries Reported
PALESTINE, TX—A horrified audience listened on KNET on Wednesday as Mayor Bob Herrington and co-host Darla Holt became involved in a dispute that escalated to a physical altercation resulting in serious injuries to the victim. A listener, who realized that the assault was not part of the show, called police who responded to the scene and arrested one and rushed the victim to Palestine Regional Medical Center. Other listeners simply asked on Facebook if anyone was listening to the assault and asked for advice on what to do about it.
The assailant has been told to not speak to the media by an attorney; however, Palestine chief of police Mike Alexander did speak about the incident and provided details. KNET has pulled the audio on demand of the radio show from their website and has refused to release it to the media.
“The dispute began when the assailant was interrupted by the victim, ” Alexander said noting that he has listened to the entire incident as part of the investigation. “The assailant became increasingly angry until finally assaulting the victim multiple times in the head and face with a microphone, a stool, before using a set of headphones as a tool to whip the victim into submission.”
Alexander said that the victim sustained serious injuries to include facial injuries, three broken ribs, a broken arm and lacerations over the victim’s entire body.
According to Palestine Regional Medical Center, Mayor Herrington is recovering and is expected to be released in time for Thursday’s show. Holt was released from jail on bail and despite a protective order insists that she, too, will be on the air when Meddling in the Morning goes live at 6 AM.
Alexander said that he has assured Holt that if she violates the protective order she’ll be arrested again.
“The mayor is terrified after this brutal assault and a protective order is in place. She can’t be on the show either in person or telephone or she will be in violation and subject to arrest.”