In a shocking turn of events, the wife of a former Kaufman County, Texas, justice of the peace – who was believed to be the main suspect in the killings of two county prosecutors – was arrested on a capital murder charge in the deaths of District Attorney Mike McClelland and his deputy, Mark Hasse.
Eric L. Williams, 46, who is in jail on charges of making a terroristic threat in connection with the killings, is still expected to also be charged with murder for the deaths of McLelland and Hasse, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
But the revelation that his wife, Kim Lene Williams, was booked into the Kaufman County jail early Wednesday morning on a capital murder charge was unexpected. The Star-Telegram said jail records showed that Kim Williams was booked at 2:58 a.m. Wednesday and her bond was set at $10 million.
Hasse, 57, was brazenly shot and killed in broad daylight as he walked to his car from the Kaufman County courthouse Jan. 31.
Following his murder, McClelland, issued a harsh warning to whoever may have been responsible for killing Hasse.
“We’re going to find you, we’re going to pull you out of whatever hole you’re in and we’re going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
McClelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia McClelland, 65, were shot and killed nearly two months later on March 30 inside their home in Forney.
Initial suspicion fell on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas white supremacist prison gang, because Hasse successfully prosecuted some of the criminal group’s members.
As authorities considered the possibility that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was responsible for Hasse’s murder, and later, the killing of McClelland, they also pursued a theory that the prosecutors were killed by someone with a personal vendetta.
Eric Williams had to vacate his position as a Texas justice of the peace after being convicted of theft in Kaufman County last year. The 46-year-old former politician has maintained his innocence in the murders of Hasse and McClelland.
Earlier this week, WFAA reported that there was “strong evidence” linking Williams to the murders, citing a search of his home that revealed weapons resembling those used in the Texas prosecutors’ killings.
He was charged with making a terroristic threat in connection with the murders and is in the Kaufman County jail on $3 million bond. Authorities believe he sent an anonymous email after McClelland was killed that threatened another killing if certain demands weren’t met, the Dallas Morning News reported.