Ex-Justice of Peace's wife says husband killed Texas DA, his wife and Asst. DA
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KAUFMAN, Texas - Court records show the wife of a former North Texas justice of the peace has implicated her husband in the shooting deaths of a local district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor.
An affidavit filed Wednesday reveals Kim Lene Williams told investigators a day earlier that her husband, Eric Williams, was the triggerman in the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month. She also said her husband also killed one of his prosecutors, Mark Hasse, in January, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Kim Williams was arrested early Wednesday and charged with capital murder a few hours later. She is charged in all three deaths and is being held on $10 million bond, according to Kaufman County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis.
The overnight arrest was the latest twist in an investigation that has also focused on her husband, who was prosecuted for theft by the two slain officials.
McLelland and Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams last year in the theft of three computers from an office building. A jury found Eric Williams guilty and he was stripped of his law license and lost his elected position as justice of the peace.
During closing arguments, the prosecutors presented testimony indicating that Williams had made death threats against a former girlfriend and a local attorney.
In the sentencing phase, Kim Williams testified in her husband's defense.
"Eric is a loving man," she testified. "He wouldn't do anything to hurt anybody. I'm standing by him 100 percent."
Eric Williams was arrested Saturday and charged with making terroristic threats. A law enforcement official has said authorities are trying to build a case against him in the prosecutors' slayings while he remains jailed on a $3 million bond.
A probable cause affidavit says the ex-judge sent an email one day after the McLellands' bodies were discovered on March 30 implying there would be another attack if authorities didn't respond to various demands. The email was sent from his personal computer.
Jail records did not list an attorney for Kim Williams. A message left with her husband's attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.
The official said ballistics experts were testing at least 20 weapons found in a storage locker under Eric Williams' name at a facility near Dallas. A Ford Crown Victoria similar to one recorded in the McLellands' neighborhood around the time the couple was killed was parked at the storage facility, the official said.
Williams has said that after the McLellands' deaths and after Hasse was gunned down Jan. 31 near the county courthouse, he submitted to gunshot residue tests and turned over his cellphone.
Investigators acknowledged in the weeks following Hasse's death that they were looking into whether a white supremacist prison gang known as the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was responsible. The gang had been targeted by a task force that included McLelland's office, and Texas authorities had warned law enforcement agencies across the state the gang might be planning retaliation attacks.
Two other people have been arrested for making terroristic threats during the investigation into the slayings, but authorities said they had no connection to the deaths.
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