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Murder suspect arrested on sexual abuse of a child charge

Larry Maples (Source: Van Zandt County Jail) Larry Maples (Source: Van Zandt County Jail)
VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A man charged with capital murder and aggravated assault has been indicted on a new charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Larry Maples, 44, of Ben Wheeler, was arrested again on Thursday and is back in the Van Zandt County Jail.

According to court documents, from April 1, 2008 until December 31, 2011, Maples commited multiple acts of aggravated sexual abuse against a child under the age of 14.

Maples was arraigned in Van Zandt County in March on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the murder of his wife and the shooting of another woman. He was released in June, even though he was held with no bond at that time.

Maples and his attorneys convinced the judge to release Maples on his own recognizance. Maples was on house arrest with a leg bracelet.

The probable cause affidavit says Maples called his sister at 5:30 on a Sunday morning in March to tell her he wasn't coming home because he had killed his wife and shot another man.

Van Zandt County authorities say Maples later told them he had killed his wife, Heather Maples, and shot another man, Moses Clemente.

In the probable cause affidavit, deputies say that Larry Maples told them he parked his truck one county road over from where the incident took place and walked to the home. Maples told authorities he entered the house through an unlocked door without the homeowner's permission. Deputies say while they were securing the crime scene, Larry's sister showed up because Larry had called her around 5:30 that morning to tell her that he had killed his wife and shot another man and would not be coming home.

According to that affidavit, Maples came out of the home when deputies arrived. Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray says Maples had a Colt .45 pistol with him.

In the affidavit, Maples repeatedly told authorities that the man he shot, Moses Clemente, was his wife's lover. However, the facts surrounding Heather and Clemente's relationship are unclear. Sheriff Lindsey Ray says Heather's father told him she had a past relationship with Clemente. "Her dad indicated to me that he did not know her current husband, [Larry Maples]," says Ray.

According to records at the Van Zandt County Clerk's Office, Heather and Larry married November 20 of last year. Heather's family says the two had recently split up and she had been staying with Clemente for safety.

A records search showed that Maples does have a criminal record. He was arrested for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle in 2004. For that charge, he was sentenced to two years probation.

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