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Four Westfall family members arrested in Maddox murders

Letha Westfall, center in photo, is escorted into Tyler County Justice Center by Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford (right) after being arrested, along with family members Paul, Kristen and Cameron Westfall, after being indicted for the Maddox murders.Letha Westfall, center in photo, is escorted into Tyler County Justice Center by Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford (right) after being arrested, along with family members Paul, Kristen and Cameron Westfall, after being indicted for the Maddox murders.

by Emily Waldrep

Letha Westfall, Paul Westfall, Kristen Westfall, and Cameron Westfall were arrested at approximately 8:20 p.m. March 11 after Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, assisted by Chief Deputy Steven Sturrock, performed a felony traffic stop on their vehicle at the same place that the shootings of Nathan and Krystal Maddox took place in January,  Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Colmesneil.

Their bond has been set at $1 million each.

Deputies went to the Westfall home Tuesday morning after receiveing four indictments Tuesday morning to arrest the Westfall's, but Westfalls had left their home.

"There was evidence that someone had left in a hurry," said investigator Bud Sturrock.

After an approximately five hour search, the four Westfall's were arrested at the church. Letha Westfall, Kristen Westfall and Cameron Westfall were transported to Tyler County Justice Center and Paul Westfall was transported to the Tyler County Hospital, then later transported to Tyler County Justice Center. The charges filed at this time are Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a first degree felony which carries the possibility of Life in Prison without the possibility of parole.

Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said that the arrests are only the first of a wave of arrests expected to happen in the case.

"By no means is this where we are stopping, and our investigation will continue," Weatherford said. "We are just getting started."

Nathan and Krystal Maddox were fatally shot January 18 after leaving a supervised visitation with Nathan Maddox's five-year-old daughter at Mount Carmel Baptist Church on CR 3725, the same location that all four of the Westfall's were arrested on Tuesday night.

"The Westfalls pulled into the Mount Carmel baptist church," Weatherford said. "That is where they were arrested... at the Mount Carmel baptist church. It doesn't get any better than that."

All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.