Ex-TX Justice Of Peace Gets Death Sentence In Killing Of Prosecutor’s Wife


A former Texas justice of the peace was sentenced to death yesterday for killing a district attorney’s wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead, the Associated Press reports. Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the 2013 death of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home. Williams has been charged, but not tried, in the deaths of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse.

Williams, 47, lost his job and law license after McLelland and Hasse prosecuted him for theft and burglary. Prosecutors say that conviction pushed Williams over the edge. During his trial, they presented evidence that he paid a friend to rent a storage unit where he kept more than 30 guns, police tactical gear and a getaway car.

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