The brawl involved between 12 and 15 people, said Lori Myles of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, and allegedly began when the pastor of the New Welcome Church in St. Elmo, Ala. fired the church’s minister of music and gave him his final paycheck.
Simone Moore, New Welcome’s minister of music, allegedly tased Daryl Riley, the church’s pastor, while arguing about the amount of the check, says the sheriff’s office.
Harvey Hunt, a deacon at the church, stabbed Agolia Moore, Simone’s mother, in the arm with a pocketknife during the brawl, according to WPMI-15.
Agolia Moore, who said in an interview (available below) that her son was ganged up on and only tased the pastor after being provoked, received 19 stitches and surgery for her stab wounds.
Simone told AL.com that he teaches special education at the Mobile County public schools. He also ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for U.S. Senate in 2010. According to his WHNT-19 biography, he’s also an R&B soul singer.
Myles, a public information officer with the Mobile County Sherrif’s office, told HuffPost that Simone has previously been arrested on charges of harassment, twice in 1996 and once in 1997 but the disposition of those cases could not immediately be determined.
She added that although more than a dozen people were involved in the fight, only Simone and Hunt were charged with crimes.
Simone turned himself in and has been charged with misdemeanor assault for tasing the pastor. Hunt, who remains at large, has been charged with a felony, according to Myles. The Associated Press reports that Simone, who’s 46, posted $1,000 bail.
WATCH: Agolia Moore speaks to WPMI-15:
WATCH: Simone Moore speaks to WPMI-15: