LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that his office “opened” a criminal investigation into the shooting death of Chad Read in Lubbock.
Lubbock police were called to the 2100 block of 90th Street at 4:20 p.m. on November 5. Police said that day a woman called 911 reporting that someone had shot and killed her husband.
Police later identified the shooting victim as Chad Read, 54, but never officially released the shooter’s name. Later family court records and lawsuits named William “Kyle” Carruth as the shooter.
Carruth was separated from his wife, State District Judge Ann-Marie Carruth at the time of the shooting. The Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office withdrew from the case and the prosecution was assigned to the Texas Attorney General’s Office on November 10.
Jennifer Read, Chad’s wife, released cellphone video of the Nov. 24 shooting in conjunction with a family court filing. Jennifer then filed a lawsuit against Carruth, claiming in part that he murdered Chad.
Carruth’s attorney, David M. Guinn, made comments in response to the cellphone video. He said Carruth acted in self-defense. To date, no criminal charges have been filed and police have not publicly announced whether investigators believe the shooting was in self-defense or a criminal act.
Here is a statement from Paxton’s office:
Paxton investigates shooting death in Lubbock
AUSTIN — The Texas Attorney General has received repeated requests for a criminal investigation into a shooting death returned from Lubbock County, Texas. This shooting received national media coverage.
Our office has opened a criminal investigation into this shooting. Pending a criminal investigation by our office, we do not comment on the case to protect the integrity of the investigation. Therefore, we will not comment on the facts of this case.
All criminal cases, including this case, must go through the stages of collecting evidence, examining evidence, hearing witnesses and other actions.
Below are three videos. In one, Jennifer Read explained why she released the recording of the fatal shooting. In the next (graphic warning) we have provided a copy of his video. Finally, the third, provided by defense attorney David Guinn, showed the shooting from another angle.
JENNIFER LU ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
WARNING, VIDEO GRAPHIC: CHAD’S DEADLY SHOOTING READ
CARRUTH’S LAWYER RELEASES VIDEO, CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE