05 30 2015

Ben Wheeler Man Jailed On Capital Murder Charge

Law enforcement officials arrested a man Sunday morning after he called 911 and confessed he had killed one person and critically wounded another.
Larry Maples, 44, of Ben Wheeler, was transported to the Van Zandt County Jail in Canton where he was confined for Capital Murder.
He is charged with the murder of his wife, Heather Maples, 34, Ben Wheeler. Larry Maples is also charged with Felony 2 Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in relation to the second shooting victim.
No bond was granted on Maples’ arraignment Monday on the Capital Murder charge. A $100,000 bond was set on the second charge.
On Sunday, at approximately 6 a.m., the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an individual later identified as stating that he had just shot his wife and her boyfriend, according to a press release from the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived at a rural residence located at 2641 FM 16, west of Canton, a short time later and arrested Maples at the front door of the residence without incident.
Investigators determined that Maples had arrived in the area of the shooting in the early hours of the morning, parked his pickup a short distance from the scene and walked to the home on foot.
According to the press release, Maples, after seeing his wife’s vehicle parked at the rear of the home, entered the residence through an unlocked door. Once inside the home, Maples shot the owner of the residence, identified as Moses Clemente, 47, of Canton, following a brief altercation.
Maples then shot and killed his wife, the press release stated.
Clemente was transported to Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler where he was treated for a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He is listed in critical condition and is expected recover fully.
Heather Maples was pronounced dead at the scene by Van Zandt County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Don Kirkpatrick.
Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray contacted the Texas Rangers, the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney’s Office and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office to request assistance with the investigation and the processing of the crime scene.
Search warrants were issued by 294th State District Judge Teresa Drum to search the residence as well as Larry Maples’ vehicle. A third search warrant was issued to search Larry Maples residence in Ben Wheeler.
Sheriff Ray stated, “We are absolutely convinced that Larry Maples acted alone in this horrific crime. This was a senseless murder that will affect many people in our community, especially this family. My heart goes out to this family.”

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