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Jury Clears John Wiley Price, Dwaine Caraway In Gospel Radio Station Scuffle

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John Wiley Price, left, and Dwaine Caraway, center, appeared at a debate in February at KHVN, a Dallas gospel radio station.

A Dallas County grand jury today did not indict County Commissioner John Wiley Price or former Dallas council member Dwaine Caraway in their February fight at a gospel radio station.

The Dallas Morning News reports the jury was considering two charges: assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threat against a public servant.

The scuffle at KHVN, a North Texas gospel radio station, occurred just a week prior to the March 1 primary for Dallas County Commissioner.

Caraway, Price and two other commissioner candidates were at the station for a debate. The dispute was filled with profanities and accusations and captured on video.

The News reports:

The tussle started with an argument over Sandbranch, a poor neighborhood that lacks running water. It ended with Caraway shouting that Price ruined his first marriage by sleeping with his then-wife.

Dallas Morning News columnist Gromer Jeffers told KERA the two politicians have a long-running feud:

They’re not best buds. They really dislike each other. It goes back a long way. Caraway is a jovial, friendly guy. He doesn’t like Price. A lot of the bitterness has come from Price through the years, sort of opposing Caraway every step of the way. He opposed Caraway when he wanted to be the president of the local chapter of the NAACP. In 2001 … Price opposed Caraway’s campaign for City Council. Caraway was trying to replace his wife, Barbara Mallory Caraway, and Price backed Ed Oakley, a white candidate in a mostly black district. It was symbolic of a feud going on for many years.

That feud came to a head when Caraway challenged Price for his seat on the commissioners’ court. Caraway ultimately lost.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.