Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wife of former justice charged with murder in Texas prosecutor shootings

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Law enforcement official, speaking anonymously, says Kim Lene Williams has been charged with capital murder

The wife of a former judge has been charged with capital murder in connection with the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor.

The charge on Wednesday, against Kim Lene Williams, is the latest twist in an investigation that had recently focused on her husband, Eric Lyle Williams. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said she had been arrested and charged with capital murder. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation into the deaths of Kaufman County district attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and assistant district attorney Mark Hasse. Authorities did not describe the evidence against Kim Williams. The official said she was being held on $10m bond.

Eric Williams, a former justice of the peace, was charged on Saturday with making a terroristic threat in connection with the shooting deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland.

A probable cause affidavit said Eric Williams had sent an email one day after the McLellands' bodies were discovered, implying there would be another attack if authorities didn't respond to various demands. The email was sent from Eric Williams' personal computer. Authorities arrested him on Saturday and charged him with making a terroristic threat. He was being held on $3m bond on that charge.

Williams lost his elected position as justice of the peace after he was convicted of stealing three computer monitors from an office. McLelland and assistant district attorney Mark Hasse, who was shot and killed in an apparent ambush outside a courthouse in January, prosecuted that case. During closing arguments, the prosecutors presented testimony indicating that Williams had made death threats against a former girlfriend and a local attorney.

A jury found Williams guilty; he received two years' probation and lost his law license and position as justice of the peace. "The good old boy network is gone," McLelland said at the time. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


Tom McCarthy 17 Apr, 2013

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