Tyler Co. double-homicide suspect competent to stand trial

Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)

WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - One of four people accused of killing a Zavalla couple is now competent to stand trial after being evaluated at a state mental hospital.

Tyler County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Phil Ryan confirmed Paul Westfall was determined to be incompetent. He was ruled incompetent in May and sent to a state mental hospital for evaluation.

"We knew that, I think everybody did," said Jim Maddox, the father of victim Nathan Maddox. "From the beginning, he was faking when he went up there. I guess I can't blame the guy for trying."

Ryan said he will be returned to the Tyler County Jail within the next two weeks.

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.

Maddox said that the hardest thing for the family is not knowing when this may end.

"The hardest thing is the waiting for what's going to happen, because we don't know," Maddox said.                                                                   On Thursday, Letha Westfall was set to appear in district court, but the date was reset. Maddox said it was his understanding that Westfall's attorney was asking for her bond to be reduced and to give her a lesser charge based on evidence.

"It really was a relief that nothing happened yesterday, because she wanted to try and get everything reduced down and it doesn't need to be," Maddox said.

The Tyler County District Attorney's office would not comment about the meaning of the hearing. Letha Westfalls attorney could not be reached for comment.

Maddox said that as long as the Westfalls are in court, the family of those affected will continue to show up.

"We made a promise that we will let nothing come between us," Maddox said. " We have a really strong bond."

Maddox said one day he hopes he can share a message with the Westfalls in a courtroom.

"We as a family we have a life sentence," Maddox said. "We have no chance of parole or anything from the sentence we have as a family and the loss that we feel. We don't wish any of them any harm, but we do want them to pay for their crime."

At this time, none of the Westfalls have a court date set.

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