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Charges In Attack Of Bay Area Singer During Trayvon Martin Tribute

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Musician Lester Chambers, co-founder of The Chambers Brothers. (CBS)

Musician Lester Chambers, co-founder of The Chambers Brothers. (CBS)

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HAYWARD (CBS / AP) — A woman has been charged with felony counts of assault and elder abuse in an attack on 73-year-old R&B singer Lester Chambers at an East Bay blues festival where he had just dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin.

Alameda County prosecutors charged 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews-Potter of Barstow in the July 13 attack at the Hayward festival.

Authorities said Chambers was performing the song “People Get Ready” for Florida teen Martin just after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder when Andrews-Potter shouted something and shoved the singer into an amplifier. Chambers ended up on the ground with bruises and swelling.

Chambers and his family had asked that Andrews-Potter be charged with a hate crime, but authorities say her motives were unclear.

Andrews-Potter told police she had a stress disorder and a repetitive part of the song caused her to snap. It wasn’t clear if she had an attorney.

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