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Former Victoria resident move to rehab center after Arlington assault

By JR Ortega
March 18, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2011 at 10:18 p.m.

Steven Lawayne Nelson

ARLINGTON - A ministry assistant who was severely beaten at an Arlington church is out of the hospital and in rehab, a close friend said Friday.

Judy Elliott, who once lived in Victoria and attended Parkway Church, had been left beaten at NorthPointe Baptist Church on March 3, according to an Arlington Police Department news release.

The Rev. Clint Dobson, 28, was killed in the assault.

"The family is amazed at her recovery," said Pastor Mike Hurt, with Parkway Church in Victoria.

Steven Lawayne Nelson, 24, and Anthony Gregory Springs, 20, have been arrested and charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder, said Tiara Ellis Richard, police department spokeswoman.

Elliott's vehicle, which was stolen in the attack, has also been recovered, she added.

Details on how the attack occurred are not being released, as the investigation is ongoing, she said.

Back in Victoria, Hurt, church members and friends of Elliott's at Parkway have not forgotten her dedication and volunteerism.

Hurt worked with Elliott in early 2000, when Parkway Church was still meeting at the Victoria Mall, Hurt said.

In 2008, Elliott and her husband, John, moved to Arlington, Hurt said.

"Judy is a strong woman and she has got a lot of friends who are praying to a strong God," Hurt said. "She's family."

Elliott's immediate family could not be reached for comment Friday.

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