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Sources: Police Close to Charging Suspect in DA Killings

Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 03:54 PM

By Greg Richter

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Police have made an arrest in the killings of a Texas district attorney, his wife and his assistant district attorney.

Dallas media report that Eric Lyle Williams, 46, is in custody and is expected to be charged with capital murder in the deaths of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Williams, a former justice of the peace, was successfully prosecuted by McLelland and Hasse in 2012 for stealing county equipment from his office. Investigators told The Dallas Morning News that Williams had long been a focus of the investigation, though public speculation has focused on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang.

Williams’ bail on the previous conviction has been revoked and he is currently being held on $3 million bond. He was booked into jail early Saturday morning.

“I’m really tired. I was up almost all night. I’m not ready to talk,” Williams’ wife, Kim, told the Morning News on Saturday.

The newspaper reported that Williams had lost his job, law license and health insurance as a result of the initial arrest. Williams’ was booked into Kaufman County Jail for making terroristic threats and “insufficient bond,” CBS 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Emails threatening other county employees were traced to Williams, according to the Morning News, and that’s what led to his arrest.

Williams’ lawyer, David Sergi, said Friday that his client “vigorously asserts his innocence and denies any involvement.”

The McLellands’ bodies were discovered in their home Easter weekend. Hasse was shot to death on Jan. 31 outside the courthouse.



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