Woman charged with hate crime in cane assault

March 30, 2012 4:29:55 AM PDT
A 71-year-old suburban Ft. Worth woman has been charged with a hate crime for beating a man with a wooden cane because she believed he's gay and has AIDS.

Police in Richland Hills say Wanda Derby assaulted the man Wednesday night as her son was moving into the man's apartment. She apparently was upset with her son's decision to move in with him.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday Derby posted $11,500 bond and has been released from jail.

She's charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the charge is enhanced as a hate crime. She's also charged with assault causing bodily injury.