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KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - The wife of a former judge was charged Wednesday with capital murder in connection with the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney, a law enforcement official said.
The overnight arrest of Kim Lene Williams is the latest twist in an investigation that had narrowed on her husband.
A former justice of the peace in Texas has been charged with making a "terroristic threat", a day after his home was searched in connection to the murder of two prosecutors. Eric Williams was admitted to the Kaufman County Jail early on Saturday morning, jail records show. A prison spokesperson said he was scheduled to go in front of a judge later on Saturday.
Federal and local authorities had searched Williams' home on Friday, as part of an investigation into the deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, whose bodies were found 30 March in their home. In late January, assistant DA Mark Hasse was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas. Williams, 46, has not been named a suspect in any of the deaths. link
Authorities are examining video surveillance equipment from a Seagoville restaurant as part of their investigation into the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife and a top prosecutor.
The Chicken Express restaurant in the 1600 block of U.S. Highway 175 is adjacent to a storage facility where more than two dozen Texas Rangers, FBI and ATF agents and Kaufman County deputies executed a search warrant on Saturday. The search yielded numerous weapons and a Crown Victoria that may be related to the McLelland murders.
“It was confiscated in a collaboration” of authorities, said Tina High, the restaurant’s general manager, on Tuesday. “I’m not supposed to talk about it.”
Though much still needs to be explained at this stage, the arrests of Williams and his wife serve as a lesson for all those who, like me, immediately jumped to the most extreme conclusions in the Hasse and McLelland cases. Most murders are committed by people who knew the victims, and that’s probably where the speculation should have started here.
Yes, these shootings were so brazen that it felt like they had to be the handiwork of some sinister gang that had nothing left to lose—like the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Murdering the two prosecutors would have required a lot of work and planning, though, to no real apparent benefit for the gang. Besides, if the gang members were to have gone after the men who tried to put them in jail, there were more obvious targets than Hasse and McLelland. The fact that the idea didn’t make much sense wasn’t seen as a major strike against the story, given that a lot of things that crazy prison gangs do don’t make much sense. Which is true, I guess, but still probably isn’t the best starting point when you’re trying to solve a couple of murders.
Affidavit: Wife of disgraced judge confessed to Kaufman County killings
An affidavit released by the sheriff's department Wednesday claims Mrs. Williams was the person who pulled the trigger in all three shooting deaths.
The document says she "knowingly caused death" of Hasse and the McLellands "by shooting them with a firearm." The affidavit also says she told investigators that her husband, Eric, played a "role" in the killings, but does not describe what that is.
The document alleges she told police details about the murders that were not made public.
In an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday, Kim Lene Williams, the wife of former judge Eric Williams, says her husband shot and killed Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.
(NEWSER) – Eric Williams has not yet been charged in the murder of two Texas prosecutors, but his wife is squarely pinning the blame on him, reports the New York Times. A recently filed affidavit states that Kim Williams on Tuesday told investigators that her husband pulled the trigger, but that she drove the car on both occasions. Eric Williams' lawyers have denied he was the shooter, but the Times reports that what it describes as "his ailing yet supportive wife of 15 years" revealed to authorities details of the murders that had been kept under wraps.
KAUFMAN, Texas — A former Texas justice of the peace seeking revenge for a theft conviction that ended his judicial career carried out a plot with his wife to kill the men who prosecuted him, authorities said Thursday.
Eric Lyle Williams, and his wife, Kim Williams, are charged with capital murder in the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse.