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Texas Man Arrested For Beating His Grandmother To Death During Robbery

Chad Maydwell, who is charged with capital murder in the beating death of his 80-year-old grandmother Judith Maydwell, allegedly confessed to both that charge and to an assault on his father last month.

By Megan Carpentier
Mugshot of Chad Maydwell

A Texas man faces capital murder charges in the beating death and robbery of his elderly grandmother.

Police were called to the northwest Houston home of Judith Maydwell, 80, on Saturday afternoon by family members who went to check on her, according to a press release issued by the Harris County Sheriff's Office. They advised police that they could see through a window that Mrs. Maydwell was dead on her living room floor.

When officers arrived, they discovered that the elderly woman's sliding glass door had been shattered and she appeared to have died as a result of "numerous blunt force injuries."

Family members disclosed that Mrs. Maydwell's grandson, 30-year-old Chad Maydwell, had allegedly assaulted his father in nearby Grimes County on March 7 and there was a warrant out for his arrest in that case. Neighbors told officers that Chad Maydwell's car had been seen at his grandmother's home on Friday.

Given the outstanding warrant for his arrest, the sheriff's department began a search for him immediately.

Chad Maydwell was located by the Harris County Sheriff's Office in northwest Houston on Sunday, approximately six miles from his grandmother's home. After he was located, the suspect allegedly fled into a nearby wooded area, and the sheriff's office used a K-9 unit, air support, and assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety to capture him.

During his arrest, the sheriff's office alleges that Maydwell confessed to killing his grandmother and to the assault of his father in March.

Court records reviewed by Oxygen.com reflect that he was out on bond on for a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge at the time of his arrest for his grandmother's murder and his father's assault.

Maydwell has two previous assault convictions, according to other court documents reviewed by Oxygen.com. In March 2017, he pleaded guilty to a domestic assault on a person he was dating the prior year through a deferred adjudication arrangement; his record would have been eliminated after two years if he had avoided new charges. But, in July 2018, he was arrested for an assault on another member of the Maydwell family and re-incarcerated. He bonded out and pleaded guilty in October 2018 under another deferred adjudication deal, this time with three years of community supervision and conditions that prohibited him from drinking alcohol.

He was re-arrested in May 2019 for violating the terms of his community supervision — including trespassing on the property of an ex partner in whose domestic assault he'd pleaded guilty in 2017. He pleaded guilty to the trespassing charge on July 2019 and was sentenced to time served. He was then ordered released on the prior adjudicated assault charges under various additional conditions, including that he participate in a residential treatment program and submit to drug testing.

In January 2021, prosecutors filed to revoke his supervised release because he'd moved to Grimes County without permission, been found to be drinking alcohol and had never completed the residential treatment program ordered by the court. In November 2021, he was convicted on the charges he'd previously received deferred adjudication for, but the sentence was only 12 months and he'd already served it. He was released to two members of the Maydwell family.

He allegedly assaulted his father four months later.

Maydwell is current being held in Harris County on both the Grimes County warrant for the alleged assault on his father and on the capital murder charges in the death of his grandmother. He was given a $1 million dollar bond in court on Tuesday, according to Houston NBC affiliate KPRC.