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Authorities investigating attempted suicide by ETX inmate

Authorities investigating attempted suicide by ETX inmate
Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office
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POSTED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:05pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:34pm

An East Texas inmate who is jailed on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child is being treated at a local hospital following a suicide attempt.

According to the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s office, Larry Maples, tried to hang himself and the attempt was discovered Thursday morning during a routine count period.

Jail staff noticed Maples hanging with a bed sheet tied around his neck. Jail staff immediately summoned help and removed the sheet from around his neck and began first aid.

Once first responders and ambulance personnel arrived, Maples was taken to Tyler hospital for treatment.

Maples was previously jailed on murder charges stemming from a March 2013 incident.

On Sunday at March 24, 2013, at 6:00 a.m., the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office received a call from Maples saying he had shot his wife and her friend.

Deputies arrived at the 2600 block of Farm to Market Road 16 a short time later and arrested Maples at the front door of his home without incident.

Investigators say that Maples had arrived in the early hours of the morning, parked his vehicle a short distance from the scene and walked to the home on foot. Maples after seeing his wife's car parked at the rear of the home, entered the house through an unlocked door.

Inside the home, Maples shot Moses Clemente, 47, of Canton, after an altercation. Maples then shot and killed his wife, Heather Maples, 34, of Ben Wheeler.

Maples was released after authorities failed to indict him within 90 days before being jailed again on sexual assault charges.

KETK will continue to update information as it becomes available.
 

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