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Former Official Charged In Texas DA Slayings

A former justice of the peace has been charged with capital murder in the slayings of a North Texas district attorney and his assistant who prosecuted him for theft.

Authorities announced Thursday that Eric Lyle Williams is charged in the shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month, and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse in January.

Williams has been in jail since he was arrested Saturday and charged with making a terroristic threat. Authorities say the 46-year-old emailed an anonymous threat to law officers one day after the McLellands were found dead.

Williams' wife was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder in the killings.

An arrest affidavit alleges she confessed to taking part in the killings and told her investigators her husband was the gunman.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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Authorities have announced that the wife of a former judge is being charged with murder for the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor.

Kim Lene Williams was arrested early Wednesday. Kaufman County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis said Williams is being charged with all three deaths and being held on $10 million bond.

Her arrest is the latest twist in an investigation that has also focused on her husband, who was prosecuted for theft by Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and one of his prosecutors, Mark Hasse.

McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead March 30, two months after Hasse was slain outside the local courthouse.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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