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Prime Suspect in Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders Eric Williams Arrested

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A former Justice of the Peace will likely be charged for the murders of Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Assistant DA Mark Hasse.

Eric Williams, 46, was arrested on Saturday after police searched his home. He was taken to Kaufman County jail and booked on charges of making “terroristic threats” to county employees. He is being held on $3 million bond.

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While he has not yet been charged in connection with the McLelland case, sources told CBS 11 Williams is the prime suspect.

Both Hasse and McLelland prosecuted Williams in 2012, when he was convicted of burglary of a building and theft by a public servant. A surveillance video caught the theft on tape.

Williams lost his position as justice of the peace, his law license and health insurance. He was given two months probation for stealing computer equipments from a county building.

During the trial, CBS reported that Williams claimed McLelland and Hasse did not like him.

Williams allegedly made terroristic threats to county employees shortly after the murder of McLelland and his wife. Police serving a search warrant on Williams’ storage unit in Seagoville found a white Ford Crown Victoria, which matches the description of a vehicle reported near the McLelland home the night of the murders.

Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65, were shot to death in their home in Forney, Tex., on Mar. 30. His top deputy Mark Hasse was shot and killed two months earlier in the courthouse parking lot as he walked to work one morning.

Earlier this month, he claimed he had nothing to do with the murders. “My heart goes out to all the families that have been affected by this tragedy, and especially the people that work at the courthouse,” he told CBS.

He also voluntarily submitted to a gun residue test this month and turned his cell phone over to authorities. His attorney, David Sergi, said he did the same thing in the Hasse investigation.

David Sergi claimed his client "has cooperated with law enforcement and vigorously denies any and all allegations,” he said in a statement on Friday.

"He wishes simply to get on with his life and hopes that the perpetrators are brought to justice," Sergi added.

Police have released very little regarding the case. Originally they claimed the “targeted” murder of the McLellands was likely retaliation from a white supremacist group, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, over an October indictment.

Sources: NY Daily News, CBSDFS.com