Three Westfall family members now charged with capital murder

Article by: Steve W Stewart

Three members of a Tyler County family have now been indicted on capital murder charges in last year’s shooting deaths of a couple outside of a church near Colmesneil. This week, the Tyler County Grand Jury handed up indictments against husband and wife, Paul & Letha Westfall, along with their daughter, Kristen Westfall. The three are accused of causing the deaths of Nathan Bradley Maddox, 35, and his wife, Krystal Renee Maddox, 31. Nathan Maddox was the ex-husband of Kristen Westfall, and the couple had one young child.

Nathan & Krystal died of gunshot wounds on the afternoon of Saturday, January 18th, 2014. The crime occurred on the parking lot of Mt Carmel Baptist Church, located on Recreational Road 255.

Meanwhile, a fourth member of the family, Cameron Westfall, was not indicted on a murder charge, but was instead indicted on two counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Cameron is accused of disposing of the alleged murder weapons in a pond on or near the Westfall property near Colmesneil.

Cameron is the son of Paul & Letha, and the brother of Kristen.

All four Westfall family members are also under indictment for engaging in organized criminal activity, and all four have remained jailed after their arrests, which came about 7 weeks after the murders.

About two months ago, the Texas Attorney General’s Office was brought in as special prosecutors in the case. There’s no word on why they became involved, however, members of the Maddox family have expressed a lack of confidence in the Tyler County District Attorney’s Office.

According to court records, Cameron Westfall is represented by Russell Wright; Kristen Westfall is represented by Christine Brown Zeto; Letha Westfall is represented by Johnathon Stovall; and Lloyd Westfall is represented by Timothy McDonough.