VAN ZANDT COUNTY (KYTX) -- A Ben Wheeler man accused of shooting and killing his wife and injuring a man she was with in March has been released from jail. Larry Maples is accused of shooting his wife, 34-year-old Heather Maples, when he found her in her ex-boyfriend's bedroom. He is also accused of shooting and injuring that ex-boyfriend Moses Clemente. Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray released a statement following the release of Maples.
Statement from Sheriff Lindsey Ray:
"We are a nation of laws. Laws dictate what we do and what we do not do. Our law dictates if a citizen is in custody for a felony offense in this state, the State of Texas has ninety days to indict that citizen. If the State of Texas is not ready for trial within 90 days, then that citizen is eligible for release upon his or her personal recognizance. Ninety days is not much time. This law applies whether the citizen is in custody for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle or for Capital Murder.
Many criminal investigations require more time to properly investigate than ninety days, especially capital murder cases. In fact, often the forensic examinations and subsequent reports required for such investigations are not completed within ninety days. That is true of this case. While it may have been possible that the Van Zandt County Grand Jury could have indicted Mr. Maples on his alleged confession, I believe we should produce as much evidence as possible to assist the Grand Jury in making their decision. Unfortunately, we are still awaiting the return of material evidence such as forensic examinations and expert reports.
Although I am not excited that Larry Michael Maples has been released upon bond, I believe it is more important that we thoroughly investigate this offense for purposes of a conviction, rather than attempting to rush an investigation for the purposes of a ninety day ticking clock.
This case will be forwarded to the Van Zandt Criminal District Attorney's Office when it is properly and thoroughly investigated and when it is completed. I am fully convinced that Larry Michael Maples will be indicted by a Grand Jury and will ultimately be convicted for Capital Murder. Until that time, Mr. Maples will be confined to house arrest and may only leave home to visit his defense attorneys and his pre-trial release officer. A GPS device has been attached to his person and his location will be supervised at all times by the Van Zandt County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (Pre-trial Release Officer). He is also ordered to report to that Department weekly to assure compliance with the conditions of his pre-trial release. If he violates any condition of his bond, the District Attorney's Office will seek to have his bond revoked and have him placed back into custody."