A Texas man seen on video shooting his girlfriend’s ex-husband to death during a custody battle will not face criminal charges.
The office of Ken Paxton (R), the Texas Attorney General, announced Wednesday that a special grand jury voted not to press charges Kyle Carruthwho shot and killed read Chad in November.
The presentation of the case before a special grand jury “included multiple eyewitnesses, Chad Read’s family and additional evidence not previously released to the public,” according to a statement on the attorney general’s website. “After several days of thorough review of the evidence, the Special Grand Jury completed its inquiry into the matter and deliberated whether the evidence supported criminal charges against Kyle Carruth.”
On Wednesday, the special grand jury voted “not to press charges against Kyle Carruth,” the statement said.
Paxton’s office had been investigating the matter because the Lubbock County Attorney’s office was investigating the fact that Carruth’s ex-wife, Ann Marie Carruth, is an elected judge. she lost her re-election bid Earlier this month and will expire in December.
Carruth and Chad Read got into a heated argument on November 5, 2021 at Carruth’s home, which is also his office. They were fighting over the custody agreement between Carruth’s girlfriend, Christina readingand Chad, Christina’s ex-husband.
Chad and his wife Jennifer Read had gone to Carruth’s home that day to pick up Chad and Christina’s son. Apparently, the son was not in the house at the agreed time, which sparked a quarrel between the ex-spouses.
During the argument, Carruth is seen going into the house and returning with a gun. He fires a single shot into the porch at Chad’s feet; Chad then grabs the gun and, using it as leverage, pushes Carruth away from him. Carruth then turns and fires off two shots at Chad.
Chad Read’s wife, Jennifer Read, recorded the encounter on her cell phone.
H. Grady Terrillan attorney for Carruth, has called that his client had no choice but to use deadly force to “defend himself, his property and others, which caused the death of Chad Read.”
The announcement from the AG office is another legal defeat for Jennifer, whose petition was for custody of Chad and Christina’s children dismissed in January.
After Chad’s death, Jennifer moved to intervene in the divorce and custody case between Christina and Chad. When a judge dismissed that case in January, Jennifer’s motion was also dismissed.
Matthew L HarrisJennifer’s custody attorney, Law&Crime told Law&Crime at the time that the release spelled the end of Jennifer’s custody efforts.
“Under Texas law, one of the children’s blood relatives would have to file a lawsuit to obtain custody of the children, and it pains Mrs. Read that no family member has yet stepped up to protect these children,” Harris said.
In December Jennifer filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Carruth.
Carruth has requested that Jennifer’s lawsuit, along with a lawsuit from Chad’s mother, read Jinxmoved and consolidated and relocated out of Lubbock.
Attorneys for Jennifer Read and Kyle Carruth did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s request for comment.
[Images from video screengrab via Matthew L. Harris.]
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