Larry Michael Maples, 44, has been arraigned on charges of capital murder for shooting his wife after catching her in bed with another man. Maples is also guilty for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for shooting his wife’s lover.
No bond has been set on the murder charge, but a $100,000 bond has been set for the aggravated assault charge.
KLTV reported that at 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, Maples, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, drove up on a home in Van Zandt County, just east of Canton. Police said Maples called emergency services and told them that he had just shot his “wife and her boyfriend.”
Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray says Maples suspected his wife was at her ex, Moses Clemente’s home, so he parked his car down the road and walked up to the house:
This is a senseless murder that will no doubt affect many people in our community, especially his family, and my heart goes out to this family. Maples, after seeing his wife’s car parked at the rear of the home, entered the residence through an unlocked door. We believe he found the couple in a bedroom in the home and they were startled by him. Maples then shot and killed his wife, Heather Maples, who is 34-years-old from Ben Wheeler.
Maples reportedly shot and killed his wife with a Colt .45 pistol. Heather was found dead in the bedroom and Clemente was also found injured in the bedroom. Clemente, 47, was brought to Trinity Mother Frances hospital, where he is being treated for a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. As of Monday morning, March 25, Clemente was listed in critical condition.
He’s expected to fully recover.
KLTV gave some some further details on Maples and Heather’s marriage:
According to the marriage license on file at the Van Zandt County Clerk’s Office, Larry Maples married Heather on November 20, 2012. Heather’s family says Heather and Larry had split up and Heather was staying at Clemente’s for safety. Her family says Heather wanted her and her children to be safe from Maples.
The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s office, Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Ranger, and the Smith County Sherriff’s Office are all investigating this jilted lover crime.