Even in the best of times, the holidays can be a time of extreme stress. Add in the death of a parent, and you have the proverbial tinderbox of flammable emotions.
One such firestorm came to a head yesterday in Kilgore, where local police say two sisters got into a catfight at their mother's funeral over the fate of some family jewels.
According to an arrest affidavit reported by KLTV, 45-year-old Kimberley Lynn Briggs grabbed big sister Debra Gail Goff by the hair, punched her several times and tossed her to the floor of the chapel of Kilgore's Rader Funeral Home during their late mother's visitation. According to the affidavit, the women were arguing over the whereabouts of their mom's jewelry.
The affidavit goes on to say that Briggs admitted whaling on her 54-year-old sister. She has been charged with assault / family violence causing injury and has made her $1,000 bail. According to Gregg County records, this is her first arrest.
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