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Texas Prosecutor Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

April 18, 2013

A woman arrested in Texas for the slaying of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and another prosecutor confessed to her involvement and said it was her husband who shot the three, police said.

Kim Lene Williams, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with capital murder in connection with the killings of District Attorney Mike McLelland, Cynthia McLelland, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, according to a warrant affidavit released by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office. She’s being held on $10 million bond, the office said in a statement.

Williams “confessed to her involvement to the scheme and course of conduct in the shooting deaths,” according to the affidavit, which said she offered information about the crimes that had not been made public. “Kim Williams described in detail her role with that of her husband, Eric Williams, whom she reported to have shot to death Mark Hasse on January 31, 2013, and Michael and Cynthia McLelland on March 30, 2013.”

Eric Lyle Williams, while working as a justice of the peace in Kaufman County, was convicted last year of stealing county computers in a case prosecuted by McLelland and Hasse, according to the affidavit. He subsequently lost his peace officer’s license and his law license was revoked.

Officers and county employees told investigators that Hasse and McLelland both believed that Eric Williams blamed them for his removal from office, according to the affidavit. The two prosecutors regularly carried handguns after Eric Williams’ jury trial because they believed Williams “to be a threat to their personal safety,” according to the affidavit.

Terroristic Threat

Eric Williams, 46, was arrested and jailed April 13 on a charge of making a terroristic threat and is being held on a $1 million bond, according to Kaufman County Jail records. He is accused of sending an electronic communication to law enforcement officials the day after the McLellands were found shot and killed at their home, according to a warrant affidavit.

“The threat implied unless law enforcement responded to the demands of the writer, another attack would occur,” according to the affidavit.

Kaufman County has about 106,000 residents. The McLellands lived near Forney, Texas, about 26 miles east of Dallas in a home with a publicly listed address.

Hasse was shot and killed in his car near the county courthouse. McLelland had promised to catch Hasse’s killer.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Korosec in the Dallas federal courthouse at tkorosec@texaswordworks.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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