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.
District Judge Jerome Owens held a hearing on Thursday in Woodville 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, along with his wife, Letha, 54, and their children, Kristen, 29, and Cameron, 17, on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in relation to the killings of Nathan and Krystal Maddox. Kristen is Nathan Maddox's ex-wife.
The couple was shot and killed on Sunday, January 18th outside of Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Recreational Road 255, just east of 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.