Former Texas Justice of Peace Prime Suspect in Prosecutor Deaths


Former Texas Justice of the Peace Eric Williams is the prime suspect in the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, law enforcement authorities tell the Dallas Morning News. Williams, 46, has not been charged. He was arrested early Saturday on a terroristic-threat charge after dozens of law-enforcement workers executed a search warrant at his home. Authorities said anonymous threats recently were emailed to county employees and they were traced to Williams.

His attorney, David Sergi, said Williams “vigorously asserts his innocence and denies any involvement” in the killings. The McLellands were found dead in their home over Easter weekend. Hasse was gunned down Jan. 31 as he walked to the county courthouse. Williams was convicted of stealing county equipment last year and sentenced to probation in a case prosecuted by McLelland and Hasse. Williams faces another theft charge in a case related to money allegedly misused from a law library fund. He is being held on $3 million bail.

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