Wife of TX Ex-Justice of Peace Jailed in DA Murders; Capital Murder Case Likely Vs. Both


Kim Williams, the wife of a Texas former justice of the peace is being held on a capital murder charge in the killings of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife, and a top prosecutor, the Dallas Morning News reports. Capital murder charges also are expected against former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams. Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found shot to death in their home on March 30. Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down Jan. 31 as he walked to the county courthouse.

Authorities believe Eric Williams was behind an anonymous email sent to county officials after the McLellands' murders. The email threatened another attack if the writers' demands were not met. More than 20 weapons were found inside a storage facility that were linked to Williams, as well as a car similar to the one seen leaving the McLellands' neighborhood on the morning of the Easter weekend slayings. Authorities believe the disbarred former justice of the peace held a grudge against McLelland and Hasse, who prosecuted him last year in the theft of three computer monitors. During Eric Willilams' trial, McLelland and Hasse portrayed him as a thief and a man with a violent streak.

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