Mike McLelland Murder Update: Former judge Eric Williams charged with capital murder in Texas DA slayings

Kim Lene Williams and Eric Lyle Williams in mugshots released by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office.
Kaufman County Sheriff's Office
(CBS/AP) KAUFMAN, Texas - Eric Lyle Williams, a former justice of the peace, has been charged with capital murder in the slayings of Mike McLelland, a North Texas district attorney, McClelland's wife, and his assistant, Mark Hasse. Hasse and McClelland had previously prosecuted Williams for theft.

Authorities announced the charges Thursday. 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, Kim Williams, was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder in the killings.

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

Authorities say Eric Williams has maintained his innocence.

Complete coverage of Mike McLelland on Crimesider


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