Jury selected for Colmesneil woman accused in Zavalla couple's death

By John Foxjohn, Contributing writer

BRYAN, TX (KTRE) - Attorneys have selected a jury for a Colmesneil woman accused in connection to the shooting deaths 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, 2014. They were shot following a supervised visitation with the 5-year-old daughter of Nathan Maddox.

Kristen Westfall has been charged with capital murder in connection to the deaths of Nathan and Krystal Maddox.

Lisa Tanner, the prosecutor for the Attorney General's office took 71 Brazos County residents through the paces to see who would decide if Kristen Westfall is guilty of capital murder. After she was through, the defense attorney, Christine Brown-Zeto, had her turn.

In the end, they selected 4 women and 10 men.

Opening statement begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

For the first time in Tanner's long career as a prosecutor, everyone involved in this murder case involves is a woman: both prosecutors, the defense attorney, the defendant, and the judge.

If the defendant is convicted she will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The death penalty is not on the table.

Kristen Westfall is the third Westfall family member to face judgment in the case. In May, Westfall's brother Cameron Westfall and mother Letha Westfall both accepted plea deals for their role in the alleged crime.

Cameron Paul Westfall, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree tampering with evidence. The judge deferred finding of guilt contingent upon Cameron Westfall testifying against his family. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge. Letha was given a life sentence with parole option after 30 years. Letha will also have to testify if asked.

The trial was moved to Bryan after a request from the office of the attorney general requested the move.

John Foxjohn is in Bryan and covering the Kristen Westfall trial as part of a book project. He has agreed to provide updates to KTRE.

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