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Man ruled incompetent to stand trial in killings of former son-in-law and victim's wife
TYLER COUNTY - A judge has ruled a man incompetent to stand trial in the killings of his former son-in-law and the victim's wife outside a Tyler County church.
Judge Jerome Owens held a hearing Thursday in Tyler County and ordered Lloyd Paul Westfall, 56, confined to Vernon State Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
If Westfall is later ruled competent he could stand trial for the deaths of Nathan and Krystal Maddox.
A grand jury in April indicted Westfall, his wife, Letha, 54, and their children Kristen, 29, and Cameron, 17, on charges of engaging in criminal activity linked to the killings of Nathan and Krystal Maddox. Kristen is Nathan Maddox's ex-wife.
The couple was shot and killed January 18 outside Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil. Investigators say a custody battle over the Maddox's five-year-old daughter led to the killings. The daughter was inside the church and unharmed, along with Letha Westfall and a caseworker, when the Maddox's were shot while leaving a supervised visitation with the girl. The Maddox's were trying to gain custody of the child.
A judge set the Westfall's bonds at $1 million each. The other suspects remain jailed.