Wife of disgraced Kaufman Co. JP arrested, charged




Posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:11 AM

KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas -- Kim Lene Williams, the 46-year-old wife of disgraced former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of prosecutor Mark Hasse and DA Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia.

An affidavit released by the sheriff's department Wednesday claims Mrs. Williams confessed that her husband was the person who pulled the trigger in all three shooting deaths.

Quoting from the affidavit: "Kim Williams described in detail her role along that of her husband, Eric Williams whom she reported to have shot to death Mark Hasse on January 31, 2013 and Michael and Cynthia McLelland on March 30, 2013."

The document alleges she told police details about the murders that were not made public. 

She is currently being held at the Kaufman County Jail on a $10 million bond, said Lt. Justin Lewis, a spokesman with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, Wednesday afternoon.

"Out of respect for the families of the victims, during this time, we are not answering any questions at this briefing until we're able to brief the family on the events of the past several days," he said during a press conference.

Lewis said the sheriff's department will hold another press conference on the case at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Over the weekend, Mr. Williams, 46, was arrested on a terroristic threat charge. Sources told WFAA evidence linked Mr. Williams to the murders of prosecutor Mark Hasse, 57, and Mr. McLelland, 63, and Mrs. McLelland, 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 WFAA 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.

During the trial, Mrs. Williams testified that she suffers from Sjogren's syndrome, an immune system disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome and that her husband served as her caregiver, according to a report by The Forney Post.

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