Families of Tyler Co. murder victims come face to face with one of four suspects

Families of Tyler Co. murder victims come face to face with one of four suspects

WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - Over a dozen family members walked into a Tyler County courtroom more than a year after four members of the Westfall family were arrested in connection to the shooting deaths of their two of their relatives.

Letha Westfall appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge. Letha, her husband Paul, and children, Kristen and Cameron Westfall, are all considered suspects in the shooting deaths of Nathan and Krystal Maddox back in January of 2014. The two were shot outside of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church after having a supervised visit with Nathan's child, which is the granddaughter of Letha and Paul.

For many of the family members, the court appearance was the first time to see Letha since she and her family was arrested in March of the same year.

"I feel pretty much pure hatred right now," said Rhonda Humphus, Krystal Maddox's mother. "She is responsible for my daughter and son-in-law's death."

Humphus said she has had a hard time coming to court cases and was surprised that Letha actually showed up this time.

"There's just a long way for me to go," Humphus said. "it was very very hard to see her."

For Nathan's father, Jim Maddox, seeing one of the four suspects in court was a welcome sight.

"Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster, but we are relieved that we are moving forward," Jim Maddox said.

Jim Maddox, a pastor in Cherokee County, said he and Humphus stand together in unity as they continue to come to the court dates, but he has moved past anger.

"I've known Rhonda since Krystal was born," Maddox said. "Way before my son got with her. I understand why Rhonda feels that way, but I have moved past that hatred. I have pity more so in my heart. I do not fault Rhonda. If I didn't walk in the faith that I walk in, I would probably feel that way."

The other three members of the Westfall family waived their right to have an arraignment. Maddox said it could be months before another court date is set, but the family will stay united no matter what and are now just looking forward to the day a verdict is read.

Copyright 2015 KTRE. All rights reserved.