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Texas Prosecutor Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

Killings Boost Vigilance as Public Officials Cope With Threats
The Texas state flag flies at half staff at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge April 4, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The flag was flown at half staff on the day a memorial was held for Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, who were shot and killed in their home about 20 miles east of Dallas. Photographer: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

A woman arrested in Texas for the slaying of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and another prosecutor confessed to her involvement and said it was her husband who shot the three, police said.

Kim Williams, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with capital murder in connection with the killings of District Attorney Mike McLelland, Cynthia McLelland, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, according to a warrant affidavit released by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office. She’s being held on $10 million bond, the office said in a statement.

Williams “confessed to her involvement to the scheme and course of conduct in the shooting deaths,” according to the affidavit, which said she offered information about the crimes that had not been made public. “Kim Williams described in detail her role with 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.”

Eric Lyle Williams, while working as a justice of the peace in Kaufman County, was convicted last year of stealing county computers in a case prosecuted by McLelland and Hasse, according to the affidavit. He subsequently lost his peace officer’s license and his law license was revoked.

Officers and county employees told investigators that Hasse and McLelland both believed that Eric Williams blamed them for his removal from office, according to the affidavit. The two prosecutors regularly carried handguns after Eric Williams’ jury trial because they believed Williams “to be a threat to their personal safety,” according to the affidavit.

Eric Williams, 46, was arrested and jailed April 13 on a charge of making a terroristic threat and is being held on a $1 million bond, according to Kaufman County Jail records. He isn’t charged in connection with the three killings.

McLelland, who had promised to catch Hasse’s killer in January, was found shot and killed along with his wife at the couple’s home near Forney, Texas, on March 30. Hasse was shot and killed in his car near the county courthouse.

Kaufman County has about 106,000 residents. The McLellands lived about 26 miles east of Dallas near Forney in a home with a publicly listed address.

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