Four arrested in connection to murdered Zavalla couple
POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:56am
TYLER COUNTY, TEXAS (KETK) — An update on the Zavalla couple that was murdered January 18th after a supervised-child visitation at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Tyler County.
Authorities tell us, Tuesday night, there was enough evidence to arrest four people.
Begging the question: Could this have been an on-going custody battle that ended in murder?
Nathan and Krystal Maddox were at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil to have a supervised visit with Nathan's 5 year-old daughter from a previous marriage. After reports of gunshots, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff Office arrived on scene to find the couple gunned down. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
We spoke to the Tyler County sheriff on Wednesday about the investigation. "It's been ongoing child custody issues," said Bryan Weatherford, Tyler County Sheriff.
The Tyler County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers and the FBI had enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury on Tuesday, March 11th where they indicted four people in the murders of 35-year old Nathan Bradley Maddox and his wife 31 year-old Krystal Renee Maddox.
Felony arrest warrants were issued for: Kristen Maddox which is Nathan Maddox's ex-wife, her brother Cameron Westfall and her parents Paul and Letha Westfall. Officials went to the residence but no one was there and then they got a tip. "Myself and my chief deputy conducted a traffic stop on the county road, believed to be a vehicle in question holding the occupants and the vehicle actually pulled into the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church," said Weatherford All four were arrested and charged Tuesday evening. He adds, "This is a first degree felony, it carries a penalty with life without the possibility of parole."
Court documents show the Westfalls engaged in organized criminal activity which helped officials connect them with the murders. "It's far from over, this is just the step in the process of where we are at right now."
Sheriff Weatherford says, at this time more charges can be added which could enhance the charges to first-degree murder. The Westfalls are in the Tyler county jail and bail was set at one-million dollars a piece.
We'll continue to update you as the story develops.