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Kim Williams, Wife of Suspect in Texas DA Shootings, Charged With Capital Murder

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The wife of jailed murder suspect Eric Williams was arrested in Texas on Wednesday and charged with the capital murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife and his assistant DA.

Kim Williams, 46, the wife of former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, is the suspected shooter in the three murders. She was arrested early Wednesday, according to authorities, and was held on a $10 million bond.

According to the charging affidavit, Williams confessed to all three murders.

“Kim Williams described in detail her role along with that of her husband, Eric Williams, whom she reported to have shot to death Mark Hasse … and Mike and Cynthia McLelland,” her arrest warrant said. The Dallas Morning News reported that her arrest warrant showing that she confessed stated that she told police her husband was the shooter.

The warrant said: Kim Williams “did then and there intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual, Mark Hasse, by shooting him with a firearm and the said, Kim Renee Williams, on or about the 30th day of March 2013 did then and there intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual, Michael McLelland, by shooting him with a firearm and further, did then and there, intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual, Cynthia McLelland, by shooting her with a firearm.”

Her husband sent an email from his personal computer just after the McLelland’s were found dead in their Forney, Tex., home, according to a probable cause affidavit. In the email he said there would be another attack if authorities did not comply with his demands. He was arrested Saturday for making terroristic threats. He insists he is innocent and is currently held on a $3 million bond.

DA Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found shot to death on March 30. Assistant DA Mark Hasse was killed in the Kaufman County Courthouse parking lot on Jan. 31.

Authorities have not said if there are any further charges in store for Eric Williams, who lost his position as Justice of the Peace last year after he was convicted of two counts of felony theft.

Sources: NY Daily News, Dallas Morning News