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Tyler Co. murder suspects arrested at scene of January shooting

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Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff) Paul Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff)
Letha Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff) Letha Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff)
Cameron Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff) Cameron Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff)
Kristen Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff) Kristen Westfall (Source: Tyler Co. Sheriff)

Around 8:20 Tuesday night, four people who are considered suspects in the January shooting deaths of a Zavalla couple were arrested after a felony traffic stop near Mt. Carmel Church.

According to Tyler County Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, Paul Westfall, Letha Westfall, Kristen Westfall, and Cameron Westfall were all taken into custody and were transported to the Tyler County jail. Their bond has been set at $1 million a piece.

Earlier Tuesday, a search for the four was started, after a Tyler County grand jury indicted them in connection to the January 18 shooting deaths of Nathan and Krystal Maddox. Deputies went to the Colmesneil residence of Paul and Letha Westfall to serve arrest warrants on the four people Tuesday.

"It is the same people I have thought all along," Rhonda Humphus, mother of Krystal Maddox said.

However, no one was home when the deputies attempted to serve the four first-degree felony warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity, according to Ryan.

Ryan said the organized criminal activity charges are enhanced because that activity led to the deaths of two people. He also said that these charges do not rule out the possibility that murder charges could be added at a later date. If convicted, each of the four family members could face up to life in prison without parole.

Nathan and Krystal Maddox were killed on January 18. The couple was shot following a supervised visitation with Nathan Maddox's five-year-old daughter at Mount Carmel Baptist Church on CR 3725.

The Tyler County grand jury handed down indictments against the Westfalls. Kristen Westfall is Nathan Maddox's ex-wife, and Paul and Letha Westfall are her parents. Cameron Westfall is Kristen's brother.

The family of Nathan and Krystal said that the emotions of Tuesday were like a rollercoaster, but faith and family kept them holding out hope.

"Our faith has been our foundation through this whole thing and realizing that without him in it is just a human search," Nathan's father, Jim Maddox said.

"It is amazing of the love and support we get from them and I couldn't do it without them," Humphus said.

In late February, Letha Westfall, 54, was arrested on a possession of a controlled substance by fraud charge on Feb. 27. However, the charge was dropped, and she was released from the Tyler County Jail the next day.

Letha I. Westfall, 54, was scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 28. However, Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford said the arraignment was canceled after the Jasper Police charge against her was dropped.

Officials with the Jasper Police Department referred comment to the Jasper County District Attorney's Office. Nobody at the DA's office was available for comment when East Texas News called in late February.

At that time, Ryan confirmed Westfall is a suspect in the Jan. 18 deaths of Nathan and Krystal Maddox.

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