Ex-Kaufman JP charged with murder in DA, prosecutor slayings

Ex-Kaufman JP charged with murder in DA, prosecutor slayings

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Ex-justice of the peace Eric Williams has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Mark Hasse.

The charges were announced Thursday afternoon at a press conference and cap a stressful three months in normally quiet Kaufman County.

Williams is being held on a $23 million bond.

Williams' wife, Kim, was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the three killings. She confessed to authorities and said her husband Eric was the gunman.

At Thursday's press conference, authorities said Kim Williams was the getaway driver for the Hasse slaying outside the county courthouse. Kim Williams was a passenger for the McLelland murders.

Sources have told FOX4 that a storage facility Williams rented was filled with weapons and had a Crown Victoria that had been seen in the McLelland's neighborhood when they were gunned down.

Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were murdered Easter weekend. Hasse was shot outside the Kaufman County Courthouse on January 31.

According to a probable cause affidavit released when Williams was arrested for terroristic charges, Eric Williams sent an email that implied there would be another attack if various demands were not met. He lost his job in 2012 after stealing three computer monitors and being found guilty by a jury.

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