74-year-old grandmother could face jail time in San Augustine County church deed dispute

Margie Coffee, a 74-year-old grandmother, could be facing jail time, but she claimed she has done nothing wrong.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be finger printed," Coffee said.

Back in April of 2012, Coffee received a court document that stated the warranty deed was not properly executed and therefore considered a fraudulent document.

"It's complicated and a long story," Coffee said.

In a nutshell, Coffee and fellow church members decided to reopen their church after it has been closed for a year and a half. Coffee said they got the okay from the church treasurer Betty Clark, but when they decided to change the name of the church, Coffee said it was a decision that didn't sit well with Clark, and that's when she left the church.

Coffee and others then decided to elect new board members. They went through with the name change, and according to Coffee, that's when the trouble started. Her attorney Ryan Deaton said what the church did was in their right and perfectly legal.

"The new board members decided to transfer the deed over, and it was done through a title company. The title company checked it, and they had the vote," Deaton said.

"I don't think these charges are fair, and I am being made the patsy out of all of this," Coffee said.

San Augustine County District Attorney Kevin Dutton said he is ready to go to trial.

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