Grand jury re-indicts 3 family members accused in Zavalla couple's death

Grand jury re-indicts 3 family members accused in Zavalla couple's death
Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Letha Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Letha Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Kristen Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Kristen Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Cameron Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Cameron Westfall (Source: Tyler County Jail)
Nathan and Krystal Maddox (Source: Facebook)
Nathan and Krystal Maddox (Source: Facebook)

WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - A little more than two months after the Texas Attorney General's Office stepped in to handle the case against a Tyler County family connected to a January 2014 double homicide, a grand jury handed down capital murder indictments against Paul, Letha, and Kristen Westfall on Tuesday.

Another suspect in connection to this case, Cameron Westfall, was indicted twice on a felony tampering with evidence charge, according to Tyler County court records.

Nathan and Krystal Maddox were gunned down in the parking lot of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Tyler County on January 18, 2104. The couple was shot following a supervised visitation with the 5-year-old daughter of Nathan Maddox.

The indictments state Paul, Letha and Kristen Westfall shot Nathan and Krystal Maddox with a firearm, causing them to die. It states Cameron Westfall hid a shotgun, rifle, duct tape, shotgun shells, rifle cartridges and gloves during the sheriff's office's investigation into the deaths.

After a special grand jury met on March 11, 2014, 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 arrests of the four came 52 days after the Maddox couple was killed. Kristen Westfall was the ex-wife of Nathan and Cameron Westfall is her brother. 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 case has brought on a roller coaster of emotions. He was pleased with the capital murder charges and felt some justice has finally been served and will help the family moving forward.

"The hardest part is ahead of us," Maddox said. "In a situation like this, you never have closure because they were just taken from us. Still this is a phase that will bring some comfort to the family."

Maddox said he is satisfied with the attorney general's office stepping in because little has been done under Tyler County District Attorney Lou Ann Cloy.

A pretrial date has been set for December 15th.

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