Lubbock, TX – A Texas grand jury refused to indict a man who fatally shot his girlfriend’s ex-husband when the angry man showed up on his front porch and engaged in a shoving match surrounding a custody dispute (video below).
The incident occurred at about 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2021 at the home of William “Kyle” Carruth located in the 2100-block of 90th street, KCBD reported. Police said Read showed up at Carruth’s home to confront his ex-wife, Christina Read, regarding a disagreement over custody of their children.
Jennifer Read, Read’s widow, has claimed that he was trying to determine whether his son was there, KCBD reported.
She said that her husband was trying to pick up his son who was supposed to spend the week with him, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.
Police said that after Read showed up at Carruth’s house, the homeowner went back inside and returned to his front porch carrying a long gun.
Two separate cell phone videos of the altercation – filmed from opposite perspectives – showed what happened next.
“Leave!” Carruth ordered Read. “Right now, motherf-ker.”
“Do it,” Read replied, continuing to walk toward Carruth.
“You’ll better f-king use it motherf-ker, because Godd-nit, I’ll take it from you and f-king [unintelligible],” Read continued, screaming directly into Carruth’s face in the video.
Read, who is considerably larger than Carruth, loomed over the homeowner and then appeared to reach for his gun.
“Call 911. Call 911,” a woman off camera said as the confrontation escalated.
“Where’s my son?” Read asked.
The video showed that was when Carruth fired one shot into his porch.
But the warning shot did not appear to have intimidated Read and he grabbed Carruth, the video showed.
The two men struggled briefly before Read swung the homeowner, and his gun, off the porch.
Attorneys for Carruth said he saw Read lift his leg to take a step toward him, KCBD reported.
Carruth raised his gun, pointed it toward the porch, and fired two shots at Read, the video showed.
The video filmed from behind Read showed that he was about three strides from Carruth when the homeowner opened fire on him.
Read fell to the porch when he was shot, the video showed.
He later died.
Not much information was released to the public immediately after the shooting, but then on Nov. 10, 2021, the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office recused itself from the case because a local official might be called to testify during it, KCBD reported.
On Nov. 16, 2021, the Lubbock Police Department turned its investigation over to the Texas Attorney General’s Office for review.
The shooter in the incident was not publicly identified until Carruth’s ex-wife, 72nd District Court Judge Anne-Marie Carruth, filed an affidavit as part of the couple’s divorce three days later that named him, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.
Anne-Marie Carruth wrote in the affidavit that she had been “notified that my husband, William Kyle Carruth, is under investigation for the shooting and killing of his girlfriend’s children’s father after he attempted to pick up his children late Friday afternoon. My knowledge of the incident is very limited at this time, and it is my understanding that the police are still investigating,” according to KCBD.
The Carruth’s divorce was finalized on Nov. 19, 2021 and sealed by mutual agreement.
Jennifer Read released cell phone video of the shooting Nov. 24, 2021 and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carruth seeking $50 million five days after that, KCBD reported.
She also filed a child custody suit to have her late husband’s children taken from their mother, Christina Read, and given to her.
That case was dismissed on Jan. 5, KCBD reported.
The day after the wrongful death lawsuit was filed, the presiding judge recused himself.
Read’s mother and three children filed yet another wrongful death lawsuit against Carruth on Dec. 6, 2021, KCBD reported.
The next day, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office had opened an investigation into Read’s death.
Paxton’s office presented the case to a Special Grand Jury of Lubbock County over a three day period, KCBD reported.
The grand jury declined to bring any criminal charges against Carruth.
Attorneys for Jennifer Read released a statement after the grand jury’s decision to “no bill” was announced, KCBD reported.
”The criminal justice utterly failed Jennifer Read, the widow of Chad Read,” the statement read. “Chad Read was involved in a heated discussion with his ex-wife concerning custody of his son. The video shows that Kyle Carruth injected himself into that discussion. We believe there was no legitimate reason for Kyle Carruth to bring a deadly weapon to an argument that he wasn’t even a part of.”
“Chad Read died unarmed, shot, and killed while simply trying to determine the whereabouts of his son,” the statement continued. “The civil matter has been on hold awaiting the outcome of the criminal proceedings. We will now aggressively pursue Jennifer Read’s claims in civil court.”
David Guinn, Carruth’s attorney, thanked the grand jury and extended sympathy to Read’s family, KCBD reported.
Guinn said that videos presented to the grand jury showed that Carruth had a valid Castle Doctrine defense that allowed him “to defend himself, others, or his property.”
“First, Kyle wishes comfort and grace to all those close to Chad Read. The loss of life is painful. His deepest sympathies go out to them,” he said.
“Second, we are appreciative of the wise decision of this extremely hard-working, independent, Grand Jury,” the attorney continued. “Rarely does a Grand Jury work for three days on one case alone. Those Lubbock citizens must have learned everything imaginable about every aspect of the case and the people involved.”
‘They reviewed a thorough investigation from both the Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Attorney General’s Office, who were complete professionals,” Guinn said. “I think, between the three prosecutors, there was over 60 years of experience on the case. The two investigators probably have that much as well.”
“People should have great confidence in Grand Jury’s decision. The Texas Judicial System worked like it should,” the defense attorney added.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:
Carruth's shooting of Chad Read is controversial: 2 videos are available & there *may* be a third (possibly recorded by Christina Read). Carruth's lawyer says Read advanced on Carruth after throwing him off the porch; does the video show that? Video breakdown for you to decide: pic.twitter.com/zuUi6sahap
— Bevo Fox (@bevo_fox) November 29, 2021