Man charged in murder of 80-year-old grandmother was also wanted for assaulting father in March: HCSO

Several mug shots Chad Maydwell, 30 (KPRC 2)

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A man was arrested and charged with murder after his 80-year-old grandmother was found dead inside her northwest Harris County home Saturday afternoon, according to deputies with Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they found the woman at her home in the 16100 block of Golden Sands Drive near West Road in Copperfield shortly before 4 p.m.

According to HCSO Sgt. Dennis Wolfford, deputies were called to conduct a welfare check after the mother’s daughter apparently told them she was unable to reach her.

When they arrived, Sgt. Wolfford said deputies noticed there was forced entry into the home. That was when they found the woman, who was identified as Juduth Maydwell, on the ground with numerous blunt force injuries to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene, deputies said.

While speaking with family members, it was learned the 30-year-old grandson of the victim, Chad Maydwell, was wanted by the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office for the aggravated assault of his father, which occurred on March 7. Neighbors of Juduth confirmed that Chad’s vehicle was at or near her home on April 8, HCSO said.

The HCSO Warrants Unit was contacted and tasked with locating Chad. Deputies said the suspect was located the morning of April 10 in the 12700 block of Jarvis Road. Chad fled into a wooded area and was eventually captured by an HCSO K-9 Unit with the assistance of the Texas DPS and HCSO Air Units, investigators said. During the arrest, deputies said Chad admitted to assaulting his father and killing his grandmother.

Chad has a lengthy criminal history that stems back to 2009. He has a number of charges, including criminal trespassing, assault causing bodily injury to a family member, and resisting arrest.

The suspect was booked into the Harris County Jail for the Grimes County Aggravated Assault warrant and is being charged in Harris County for capital murder, deputies said.

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