Huntsville, TX (KTRE) - A pardons and parole review board has denied parole to Cameron Paul Westfall, who was sentenced to 10 years in a TDCJ prison on Oct. 4, 2016, for his role in the 2014 ambush-style shooting deaths of a Zavalla couple.
As one of the conditions to Cameron Westfall pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree felony tampering or fabricating physical evidence, he was required to testify against Kristen Westfall, his sister, and his parents.
After the couple was killed, Cameron Westfall hid a rifle and shotgun, duct tape, shotgun shells, rifle cartridges, and gloves during the Tyler County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the double murder.
Raymond Estrada, a spokesman for the Board of Pardons and Parole, said that the review board decided to deny Cameron Westfall's parole on Feb. 3. Cameron Westfall is currently being held in the TDCJ's Holliday Unit in Huntsville.
According to the TDCJ website, the parole review board made its decision based on two factors. One states, "The record indicates that the offender has repeatedly committed criminal episodes that indicate a predisposition to commit criminal acts upon release." The other reason listed on the website simply states, "Other."
Cameron Westfall's next parole review is scheduled for February of 2018, and the TDCJ website lists his projected release date as Oct. 22, 2018. If he serves out the full 10-year prison term, he will not get out of prison until March 11, 2024.
After about eight hours of deliberation, a jury in Brazos County found Kristen Westfall, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind the killings, guilty of capital murder in August of 2016. Because the prosecutor in the case took the death penalty off the table at the request of the victims' family members, Kristen Westfall was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Letha Westfall, Cameron Westfall's mother, pleaded guilty to a capital murder charge in May. She was given a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Paul Westfall, Cameron's father, who was also charged with capital murder has not gone to trial yet.
During the opening statements at Kristen Westfall's trial, Samantha Oglesby, a prosecutor with the Texas Attorney General's Office, said that Kristen Westfall and Paul Westfall shot and killed Kristen's ex-husband Nathan Maddox and his wife, Krystal, at the Tyler County church where they had arranged for a child custody exchange in January of 2014. The exchange involved Nathan and Kristen's then-4-year-old daughter.
Oglesby said Kristen Westfall plotted the couple's death for months and that the Westfall family tried to pay Kristen's friends to kill Nathan and Krystal Maddox.
The Westfalls suggested their family church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
Oglesby said Paul Westfall was armed with a .3030-caliber rifle, and Kristen Westfall had a shotgun.
"You are going to hear that Paul Westfall shot Krystal in the head as she walked out," Oglesby said in her opening statements. "You are going to learn that Nathan had to watch his wife die, and then Kristen shot Nathan in the hip by Krystal, and then Paul walked up and shot him in the head."
Oglesby said Kristen thought she planned the perfect murder.
"What she didn't expect was for her family not to keep her secret," Oglesby. "What is better than fingerprints and DNA is her confession to her family. What is better than DNA or fingerprints is her understanding of where Nathan and Krystal would be."
Later, Cameron Westfall hid the rifle and shotgun, duct tape, shotgun shells, rifle cartridges, and gloves during the Tyler County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the double murder.