Texas Attorney General “Starts” Criminal Investigation into Gunshot Death of Chad Read in Lubbock

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Image from video screenshot provided by William “Kyle” Carruth’s lawyer

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that his office “has 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 to report that someone had shot and killed her husband.

Police later identified the shooting victim as Chad Read, 54, but never officially released the gunman’s name. Later, family court records and lawsuits named William “Kyle” Carruth as the shooter.

Carruth was estranged 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 transferred to the Texas Attorney General’s Office on November 10.

Jennifer Read, Chad’s wife, released a video on her cellphone of the shooting on November 24 in conjunction with a family court file. Jennifer then filed a lawsuit against Carruth, claiming in part that he murdered Chad.

Carruth’s attorney, David M. Guinn, commented in response to the cellphone video. He said Carruth acted in self-defense. To date, no criminal charges have been laid and police have not publicly announced whether investigators believe the shooting was in self-defense or a criminal act.

The following is a statement from the Paxton office:

Paxton investigates gunshot death in Lubbock

AUSTIN – The Texas Attorney General has repeatedly received inquiries regarding a criminal investigation into a gunshot death returned from Lubbock County, Texas. This shooting received national media coverage.

Our office has opened a criminal investigation into this shooting. During the course of a criminal investigation conducted by our office, we do not comment on the case in order 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, reviewing evidence, hearing witnesses and other actions.

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Below, three videos. In one, Jennifer Read explained why she released the recording of the fatal shooting. In the next (graphic disclaimer) we have provided a copy of his video. Finally, the third, provided by defense attorney David Guinn, showed the shooting from a different perspective.

JENNIFER READ ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA

BE CAREFUL, VIDEO GRAPHIC: THE DEADLY SHOT OF CHAD READ

CARRUTH’S LAWYER RELEASES VIDEO AND REPRESENTS LAW-DEFENSE

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