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April 17, 2013

Wife of former Kaufman County JP arrested, charged with capital murder

KAUFMAN — By DANNY ROBBINS

Associated Press

KAUFMAN — The wife of a former judge was charged Wednesday with capital murder in connection with the slayings of a North Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney, a law enforcement official said.

The overnight arrest of Kim Lene Williams is the latest twist in an investigation that had narrowed on her husband.

Jail records did not yet list a charge, but a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Williams was arrested and charged with capital murder. The official said Williams was being held on a $10 million bond at Kaufman County Jail.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation into the deaths of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in January and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife last month.

The official did not describe the evidence against Williams.

McLelland and Hasse prosecuted Williams’ husband, Eric Lyle Williams, last year in the theft of three computers. A jury found Williams guilty and he was stripped of his law license and lost his elected position as justice of the peace.

Eric Williams was arrested Saturday and charged with making terroristic threats. The law enforcement official has said authorities were trying to build a case against him in the prosecutors’ slayings while he remains jailed on a $3 million bond.

A probable cause affidavit says the ex-judge sent an email one day after the McLellands’ bodies were discovered March 30 implying there would be another attack if authorities didn’t respond to various demands. The email was sent from his personal computer.

Jail records did not list an attorney for his Kim Williams. A message left with her husband’s attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday morning.

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