For weeks, fear enveloped Kaufman County, Texas as two county prosecutors and one of their wives had been killed, and no one having an idea why.
An arrest now brings the case back to an elected official who'd been booted from office and allegedly held a grudge against those who helped convict him.
Eric Williams, 46, the county's disgraced former justice of the peace, was targeted by his wife, Kim, also 46, who confessed the couple's role in the murders.
"Law enforcement in the State of Texas takes this all very seriously," Kirby Dendy, assistant director/chief in charge of the Texas Rangers, said Thursday.
“The murder of a public official … is an assault against all citizens in this state.”
She was charged Wednesday with capital murder for the shootings of
- Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed January 31 as he walked to work at the courthouse
- District Attorney Mike McLelland
- His wife, Cynthia
The latter two killings were discovered March 30.
Eric Williams earlier was arrested for making a "terroristic threat," reportedly by anonymous e-mail, after officers searched the couple's home April 12.
He was charged Thursday with the murders as well and was being held on $23 million bond. The arrest affidavit says:
"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."
During questioning, Kim Williams "gave details of both offenses which had not been made public." Follow the link for more details on this surprising case.