Wife of former Texas justice arrested on capital murder charge

Credit: WFAA

Authorities searched the home of Eric and Kim Williams Friday.

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM

KAUFMAN - Kim Lene Williams, the 46-year-old wife of former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, was arrested and charged with capital murder.

Authorities have not revealed whether the charge is related to her husband's arrest. She is currently being held at the Kaufman County Jail on a $10 million bond, sources said.

Over the weekend, Mr. Williams, 46, was arrested on a terroristic threat charge. Sources told News 8 evidence linked Mr. Williams to the murders of prosecutor Mark Hasse, 57, and District Attorney Mike McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65.

He was arrested at his home early Saturday morning and is being held at the Kaufman County Jail on a $3 million bond.

Previous to Mrs. Williams' arrest, sources told News 8 authorities were awaiting ballistic test results on weapons found in a storage locker rented in Seagoville on behalf of the former justice of the peace. More than 20 weapons were found inside the locker.

Authorities also said they were able to trace a threatening e-mail sent to county officials the day after the McLellands were fatally shot in their home back to Mr. Williams. The e-mail, sent anonymously, threatened more attacks.

The McLellands were found shot to death in their Forney home on March 31. Their deaths came two months after the assistant district attorney Hasse was killed while walking to his office at the Kaufman County Courthouse on Jan. 31.

Mr. McLelland and Hasse were involved in the prosecution of Mr. Williams, who was convicted of stealing three computer monitors from the county and lost his license to practice law in March of 2012.

 

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