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Father of victim speaks out one year after Westfalls arrested in Tyler Co.

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Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail) Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail)
Letha Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail) Letha Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail)
Cameron Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail) Cameron Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail)
Kristen Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail) Kristen Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Jim Maddox said the last 365 days has been full of emotion.

March 11 marked the one-year anniversary of the arrest of four Westfall family members in connection with the shooting death of a Zavalla couple.

Nathan and Krystal Maddox were gunned down in the parking lot of Mt.Carmel Baptist Church in Tyler County on Jan. 18. After a special grand jury met on March 11, Paul Westfall, Letha Westfall, Kristen Westfall, and Cameron Westfall were all indicted for engaging in criminal activity. Each member of the family was given a $1 million bond.

The arrest of the four came 52 days after the Maddox couple was killed. Kristen Westfall was the former wife of Nathan. Paul and Letha were the maternal grandparents. The four were arrested just down the road from were the shooting happened.

Nathan's father Jim Maddox said the day was full of emotions. Maddox said the family was told early in the morning about the grand jury and that he would need to be ready to go to Tyler County from his home in Wells.

"It ended up being well into the night by the time they made the arrest, but that whole day was kind of up and down,” Maddox said.

At the time of the arrest, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said investigation lead the department to believe the four planned the shootings, did surveillance and the carried out the crime. Maddox said the last year has been full of emotion but the night the Westfalls were escorted to jail was the moment the weight of the world was lifted off of his shoulders.

"It certainly felt like a victory,” Maddox said. “It was probably the beginning of some closure."

The District Clerk in Tyler County said that no future court dates have been scheduled for the four. Maddox said he is not sure of a court date but will wait patiently.

“We know it could be at least two years,” Maddox said. “It is a big case.”

Maddox said his faith has kept him strong over the last year and believes faith has also kept the entire family together. Maddox also feels he has found peace.

"I'm probably now more than ever compassionate about their souls,” Maddox said. “I don't think any of us as far as the family wants to see them have to die. That's not going to fix this. To me a death sentence would be a shortcut."

In May of 2013, Paul Westfall was determined to be incompetent to stand trial, but in September that was overruled after Westfall spent time in a state mental facility.

If found guilty, the Westfalls could face life in prison without the option of parole.

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