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Bonds set for four in connection to Maddox murders
TYLER COUNTY- by Haley Bull
A Tyler County judge set bonds at $1 million each for a family charged with engaging in criminal activity in connection to the murders of Nathan and Krystal Maddox.
A grand jury indicted Letha, 54, and Lloyd Paul Westfall, 56, and their children, Kristen, 29 and Cameron, 17, Tuesday morning. Kristen is Nathan Maddox's ex-wife.
Their five year old daughter was in the custody of Letha Westfall and at the center of an on-going custody battle.
Investigators said officers arrested the four in the parking lot of Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil where the Maddox's were shot and killed January 18th. They were leaving a supervised visitation with Nathan Maddox's daughter.
Family members of the couple watched officers bring the family to jail Tuesday night and a judge set their bonds Wednesday morning.
Rhonda Humphus is wearing her daughter, Krystal Maddox's, cowboy boots and class ring in court Wednesday. They're the boots she said her daughter wore to wed Nathan Maddox.
"It's just a part of her that is with me and I wear it to court just to have a part of her here," Humphus said.
She faced the family accused of conspiring to kill Krystal and her husband during their arraignment Wednesday morning.
"There really can be no true justice for us because our children can never come back," she said.
Officers said they arrested the Westfall's Tuesday night in the parking lot of Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil after the Tyler County Sheriff said he pulled their vehicle over. It's the same location where the Maddox's were killed.
"It's poetic justice," Hannah Ogden, Nathan Maddox's sister, said.
The Westfall family is charged in connection to the murders of the young couple.
"When you look at them it's like looking at dead souls to me," Nathan Maddox's mother, Kelly Haggard, said.
"Seeing them kind of brought it all back as if it happened yesterday," Ogden said. The two were also at the Westfall's arraignment.
Letha Westfall, Nathan Maddox's ex-mother-in-law had custody of his daughter. Investigators said she was inside the church at the time of the shooting along with the child and a caseworker. Maddox and his wife were trying to gain custody of the young girl.
A judge set the Westfall's bonds at $1 million each. Though they were behind bars at the Tyler County Justice Center Wednesday, the sheriff said the investigation is not over.
"We're careful not to say this is our first wave of arrests but we're definitely not ruling out there being more," Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said.
Now, two families are seeking justice and keeping the memory of a daughter and son, a mother and father, alive.
"They were beautiful people, they will never be forgotten," Ogden said.
"They were irreplaceable people," Haggard said.
The sheriff said if convicted, the Westfall's could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.