A Texas man fatally shot his partner’s ex-husband during a bitter ongoing child custody dispute, disturbing video shows.
The cellphone footage released Tuesday by an attorney for Chad Read’s widow depicts the deadly Nov. 5 confrontation between the 54-year-old victim and Kyle Carruth outside his Lubbock home, KCBD reported.
The clip shows Chad Read arguing with his ex-wife, Christina, before Carruth emerges from his home with a rifle, setting off the deadly confrontation on the front porch.
Carruth lawyer insists the shooting was self-defense, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.
Read’s widow, Jennifer, is seeking custody of her late husband’s two boys, 9 and 14, as she believes Christina Read and Kyle Carruth intend to get married as soon as possible, according to the report.
No charges or arrests had been made in the fatal shooting as of Friday, according to the newspaper. The shooter has been listed as a suspect in police reports, but hasn’t been publicly identified by cops.
But civil court records identified the gunman as Carruth, a land developer and estranged husband of Anne-Marie Carruth, a judge in Lubbock and Crosby counties, according to the newspaper.
Anne-Marie Carruth said in an affidavit she was notified that Carruth was being investigated for killing the father of his girlfriend’s children after Read attempted to pick them up at Carruth’s home.
An attorney for Jennifer Read then released the footage of the Nov. 5 shooting on Wednesday, saying it and an accompanying affidavit “speak for themselves,” KCBD reported.
“I am the stepmother of the children the subject of this suit,” Jennifer Read’s affidavit read. “The mother of the children, Christina Read, has endangered the physical health and emotional well-being of the children by permitting them to be in the presence of the man that murdered their father, Chad Read.”
Christina Read and Kyle Carruth had been having an “ongoing affair” despite him still being married, Jennifer Read said in her affidavit.
Carruth’s lawyer said he was merely defending himself during the “justifiable homicide” while citing Texas’ so-called Castle Doctrine, which allows the reasonable use of deadly force upon intruders, KLBK reported.
“All Texans may lawfully brandish a firearm to protect themselves, their property and their business,” attorney David Guinn told the station. “When Kyle did that, Chad Read advanced on him.”
Read also threatened to take Carruth’s rifle, Guinn said.
“And instantaneously, he tried to take the gun away from Kyle,’ the attorney continued. “In doing so, he was [powerful] enough to sling Kyle 180 degrees around on Kyle’s patio.”
“Raising his left leg, he was continuing his advance on Kyle, threatening him and posing an immediate threat,” Guinn continued. “Kyle responded. This is a justifiable homicide.”