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Former mother-in-law named suspect in Tyler County church shooting, arrested on unrelated warrants

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12News has learned that Letha Westfall, 54, has been named a suspect in a double homicide that happened outside of a Southeast Texas church last month and has been arrested on a non-related drug charge.

Nathan Bradley Maddox, 34, and his wife Krystal Renee Maddox, 31, were shot and killed Jan. 18, 2014 outside of Mount Carmel Baptist Church after a supervised visitation with Nathan's daughter, Madison.

Deputies were called to Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Northeast Tyler County around 12:30 p.m. the day of the shooting.  When they arrived, they found the bodies of Nathan and Krystal Maddox. They had been shot.

Krystal's mother Rhonda Humphus said their family is devastated and that she will continue to help fight for the custody of Madison. The pending custody hearing is expected to wrap up in April.

"They left a legacy we can all learn from, my daughter never gave up," Humphus said. "She made the statement; 'I'll never stop fighting for the safety of this girl, they'll have to kill me first,' and she meant what she said."

The Tyler County Sheriff's Office was notified this week by the Jasper Police Department that Mr. Maddox's former mother-in-law Letha Westfall, who had been taking care of Nathan's daughter, was arrested for fradulent possession of a controlled substance.  Following her arrest, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford revealed that she is a suspect, but not the only suspect, in the murders.

"The investigation is progressing at a pace we are comfortable with," Weatherford said. "We are in constant contact with the victim's families in reassuring them justice will be served."

Westfall was arrested Thursday at her Jasper County home without incident.  She is currently held in the Tyler County Justice Center on the drug charge.  No bond has been set.

A spokesperson for the Tyler County Sheriff's Office told 12News that Westfall has not yet been questioned for the murders.

Immediately following the murders, Maddox's daughter was taken from Westfall and placed in the care of Texas Family and Protective Services.




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