JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Two of the four suspects in the January shooting deaths of a Zavalla couple have been moved to the Jasper County Jail.
Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman said Letha and Kristen Westfall were transferred from the Tyler County because of overpopulation issues. Letha Westfall was transferred back in March, and Kristen Westfall was moved to the Jasper County Jail on April 24.
Both women are still being held on first-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. Each woman's bail has been set at $1 million.
Newman said the Jasper County Jail has mainly female inmates. In addition, he said Jasper County contracts with Tyler County to house some of their inmates.
On March 11, Tyler County deputies arrested Paul Westfall, Letha Westfall, Kristen Westfall, and Cameron Westfall near Mt. Carmel Church, where Nathan and Krystal Maddox were killed in a Jan. 18 shooting incident after a supervised visit with Nathan Maddox's 5-year-old daughter.
The Tyler County grand jury handed down indictments against the Westfalls. Kristen Westfall is Nathan Maddox's ex-wife, and Paul and Letha Westfall are her parents. Cameron Westfall is Kristen's brother.
All four of the Westfalls were each charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony. Bail was set at $1 million for each person.
In a previous East Texas News story, Tyler County Chief Deputy Phil Ryan said TCSO deputies went to the Westfalls' home to serve arrest warrants on them, but no one was there at the time.
"They were not home at the time," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "It appeared they had left in a hurry. There was a small grass fire, you know burning leaves, in their yard."
Weatherford said they were on Recreational Road 255 near the Mt. Carmel Road when they noticed a vehicle turn on Mt. Carmel Road. Thinking it may be the Westfalls' vehicle, Weatherford got confirmation from the TCSO dispatch and made a traffic stop on the vehicle.
"I initiated a traffic stop on this vehicle and it just so happens that they turned into the Mount Carmel Baptist church parking lot … the same place is back where we began on Jan. 18 where these horrific murders took place," Weatherford said.
Later, Weatherford said the case started at the church, and in some ways, ended at the same place. He described it as "poetic justice."
Ryan said the organized criminal activity charges are enhanced because that activity led to the deaths of two people. He also said that these charges do not rule out the possibility that murder charges could be added at a later date. If convicted, each of the four family members could face up to life in prison without parole.
In late February, Letha Westfall was arrested on a possession of a controlled substance by fraud charge on Feb. 27. However, the charge was dropped, and she was released from the Tyler County Jail the next day.
Letha I. Westfall was scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 28. However, Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford said the arraignment was canceled after the Jasper Police charge against her was dropped.