Kim Williams: Wife of Justice of the Peace arrested after D.A.’s murder

A wreath of flowers in honor of slain District Attorney Mike McClelland is placed in front of  Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman, Texas April 2, 2013. Credit: Reuters
A wreath of flowers in honor of slain District Attorney Mike McClelland is placed in front of Kaufman County Courthouse on April 2.
Credit: Reuters

Kim Williams, the wife of a former Texas justice of the peace investigated in connection with the killings of two prosecutors, was arrested early on Wednesday and charged with murder in at least one of the killings, a law enforcement source said.

She was arrested in Kaufman County, Texas, jail records showed. The records did not indicate the charge against Williams, but a law enforcement source briefed by an investigator on the case Wednesday morning said she had been charged with capital murder.

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s office said it would have a brief statement on the arrest at 12:15 local time.

The home of her husband, Eric Williams, was searched as part of the probe into the slayings of the two Texas prosecutors. He was arrested last week on suspicion of threatening violence.

The Dallas Morning News said Kim Williams was being held on a $10 million bond at the Kaufman County Jail.

“We have been told we cannot confirm anything on her at this point,” Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department Officer Charlotte McNally said.

Kim Williams is the wife of Eric Williams, according to Jenny C. Parks, a Crandall, Texas, lawyer who is friends with the Williams.

Eric Williams lost his position as justice of the peace in Kaufman County after being convicted last year of felony theft for removing computer monitors from a public building, according to Kaufman attorney Eric Smenner, a friend of Hasse, who prosecuted the case.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death on March 30 at their home near Forney, 22 miles from Dallas. They were killed two months after Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down execution-style in the same county. McLelland had publicly vowed to capture Hasse’s killer.

An affidavit showed that officials investigating the McLelland murders received a threat electronically implying that unless law enforcement officials responded to demands, another attack would take place. Eric Williams’ house was searched and the threat was traced to his personal computer, according to the document.


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