Sister: Man, wife gunned down at church ‘died fighting for his baby girl’

| January 19, 2014

TYLER COUNTY — At a time when church-goers should have filled the parking lot of Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil on Sunday morning, it was blocked by crime scene tape as Tyler County investigators continued studying clues in the Saturday murders of a Zavalla couple.

Nathan Maddox, 35, and Krystal Maddox, 30, were at the church, in a secluded area roughly 11 miles off U.S. Highway 69 south, for a supervised visit with his 4-year-old daughter Madison from a previous marriage when the incident occurred.

Nathan "Brad" Maddox had spent the last several months in a custody battle with his ex-wife's parent's for visitation of the girl. He chronicled his custody battle on a Give Forward support page titled “Help Me Save My Daughter.” On the website he claimed his fight began in 2011 after his ex-wife denied him visitation with Madison for nine months and then abandoned her with his ex-wife's parents.

“There is nothing in this world like having your child taken from you,” he wrote. “I thank God everyday that there is a chance I'll see her; a chance that she may know her 'Dada' loves her. Each and everyday without her is a struggle that has taken a piece of me. Everyday without her I lose another piece of me.”

Nathan Maddox's ex-wife is out on bond in Tyler County, charged with methamphetamine delivery and possession, and has also been involved with counterfeit money, according to his attorney, Ryan Deaton.

Last month Nathan Maddox was awarded a series of visits that would have likely led to full custody of Madison, Deaton said.

“This was going to be their last visitation at the church, and the next step would have been bringing her to Angelina County for the day, then overnight. After that, they would have moved to standard visitation,” Deaton said, adding that there was “no question” Nathan Maddox was going to get custody of the girl.

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