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Nathan Maddox' former mother-in-law named suspect in murders; released after unrelated drug charged is dropped
TYLER COUNTY - Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford tells KFDM News the former mother-in-law of Nathan Maddox is a suspect in the murders of Nathan and Krystal Maddox and was arrested on an unrelated drug charge Thursday. The charge was later dropped and she was released from jail Friday afternoon.
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Sheriff Bryan Weatherford says Letha Westfall was arrested Thursday night at her residence on an outstanding felony warrant issued by Jasper Municipal Court Judge Robert Jackson January 21 for possession of a controlled substance by fraud. However, she was released from jail Friday after the unrelated drug charge was dropped.
Westfall is the maternal grandmother of Nathan Maddox's daughter. Maddox, 34, and his wife, Krystal, 30, were shot and killed Saturday, January 18 outside Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil while they were leaving the church following a supervised visitation with Maddox' five-year-old daughter, Madison. Weatherford says Westfall, a caseworker and the child were inside the church during the shootings.
Sheriff Weatherford says Westfall is a suspect in the murders of her ex son-in-law and his wife but the arrest was unrelated to the investigation. The Sheriff told us he's not ready to name other suspects in the murders at this time.
Nathan Maddox's father told KFDM News Friday, "I just think it's things starting to come to light. I think that their house of cards is starting to crumble."
He says the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers and the F.B.I. continue with the investigation of the murders that took place on the front steps of the church following the visitation. According to Sheriff Weatherford, the double homicide investigation continues to progress each day and anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Tyler County Sheriff's Office.
An attorney who represented Nathan Maddox in the child custody case, Ryan Deaton, had told KFDM News the Saturday visit would likely have been the last supervised visit. Deaton expected Nathan Maddox to get full custody of his daughter from the maternal grandparents not long after Saturday's visit. CPS gained custody following the shootings.