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4/17/2013 2:36:00 PM
Texas DA murders: Wife of ex-judge confesses

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the wife of a former judge has confessed to being involved in the shooting deaths of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor.

Kim Lene Williams was arrested early today. Kaufman County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis says Williams is being charged in all three deaths. Lewis says she is being held on $10 million bond.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Williams told investigators Tuesday that she was involved in the shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and one of his prosecutors, Mark Hasse.

The investigation has also focused on her husband, Eric Williams, whom McLelland and Hasse successfully prosecuted for theft.

The McLellands were found dead March 30, two months after Hasse was slain.

McLelland and Hasse prosecuted Williams’ husband, Eric Lyle Williams, last year in the theft of three computers from an office building. A jury found Williams guilty and he was stripped of his law license and lost his elected position as justice of the peace.

Eric Williams was arrested Saturday and charged with making terroristic threats. The law enforcement official has said authorities were trying to build a case against Eric Williams in the prosecutors’ slayings while he remains jailed on a $3 million bond.

A probable cause affidavit says the ex-judge sent an email one day after the McLellands’ bodies were discovered March 30 implying there would be another attack if authorities didn’t respond to various demands. The email was sent from his personal computer.

Two other people have been arrested for making terroristic threats during the investigation into the slayings, but authorities said they had no connection to the deaths.

Williams lost his position as justice of the peace and received two years of probation after he was convicted in the theft case prosecuted by McLelland and Hasse.


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