Texas Seeks Death Penalty for Ex-Judge Accused of Killing Prosecutors


Texas authorities will seek the death penalty against a former judge accused of killing three people, including two prosecutors, reports the Associated Press. Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye said the state will try to execute ex-Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, who . He's charged with killing prosecutor Mark Hasse in January as he walked into work and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, at their home in March.

Jury selection for Williams, 46, could begin in the spring. Authorities believe the killings were to avenge the former justice of the peace's conviction on theft charges that cost him his office and law license. McLelland and Hasse prosecuted the case, portraying Williams as a dishonest public official with a dangerous streak. The prosecutors presented evidence that Williams had made death threats against another local attorney and a former girlfriend.

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