No Charges for Texas Man Who Shot and Killed Girlfriend’s Ex-husband on Front Porch


A Texas man who was caught on camera fatally shooting his girlfriend’s ex-husband during a custody battle will not face criminal charges.

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said Wednesday that a special grand jury declined to indict Kyle Carruth, the man accused of shooting and killing Chad Read in November.

The case was presented before a special grand jury “with the testimony of multiple eyewitnesses, the family of Chad Read, and other evidence that had not previously been made public,” according to a statement on the Attorney General’s website. “Following several days of exhaustive examination of the material, the Special Grand Jury ended its investigation and debated on whether the evidence supported the filing of criminal charges against Kyle Carruth.”


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The special grand jury chose Wednesday “not to indict Kyle Carruth on any criminal charges,” according to the statement.

Paxton’s office was investigating the incident after the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office recused itself due to Carruth’s ex-wife, Ann-Marie Carruth’s, elected status as a judge. She was defeated in her re-election bid earlier this month and her term will expire in December.

Carruth and Chad Read got into a furious disagreement on Nov. 5, 2021, in Carruth’s house, which doubles as his office. They were arguing over Carruth’s girlfriend, Christina Read, and Chad, Christina’s ex-husband.

Chad and his wife Jennifer Read were on their way to Carruth’s house that day to pick up Chad and Christina’s son. According to reports, the son did not arrive at the pre-arranged hour, igniting an argument between the former spouses.

Carruth is spotted entering the home and returning with a gun during the argument. He fires a single shot into the porch near Chad’s feet; Chad then grabs the gun and pushes Carruth away from him using the gun as leverage. Carruth then reverses his position and fires two rounds at Chad.


Jennifer Read, Chad Read’s wife, captured the interaction on her cell phone.

Carruth’s attorney, H. Grady Terrill, stated that his client was forced to use lethal force in order to “protect himself, his property, and others, which resulted in the murder of Chad Read.”

Jennifer has suffered another judicial setback following the dismissal of her plea for custody of Chad and Christina’s children in January.

Jennifer intervened in Christina and Chad’s divorce and custody proceedings following Chad’s death. Jennifer’s petition was also dismissed when the judge dismissed that case in January.

Jennifer’s attorney in the custody suit, Matthew L. Harris, told Law&Crime at the time that the dismissal effectively ended Jennifer’s custody aspirations.

“Under Texas law, one of the children’s blood relatives must file a lawsuit to seek custody of the children, and Mrs. Read is heartbroken that no family member has yet stepped forward to safeguard these children,” Harris said.

Jennifer filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Carruth in December. That matter has been put on hold pending Paxton’s investigation’s conclusion.

“The criminal justice system completely failed Jennifer Read, Chad Read’s widow,” Jennifer’s attorney Tony Buzbee said in an email statement to Law&Crime. “Chad Read was embroiled in an argument with his ex-wife about custody of his son. Kyle Carruth interjected himself into that discussion, as evidenced by the video. We believe Kyle Carruth had no justifiable cause to bring a lethal weapon to an argument he was not even a part of. Chad Read was shot and killed while attempting to locate his kid. The civil case has been stayed pending the result of the criminal case. We shall now vigorously pursue Jennifer Read’s civil claims.”


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Carruth has requested that Jennifer’s case, as well as one filed by Chad’s mother, Jinx Read, be relocated and consolidated outside of Lubbock.

Kyle Carruth’s attorneys did not immediately respond to Law&Crime’s request for comment.

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