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TheOak 04-17-2013 12:03 PM

Wife of Ex-Judge Is Charged in Killings of Texas Prosecutors
DALLAS — The wife of a disgraced justice of the peace has been arrested and charged with the murders of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife, and another prosecutor, the authorities said on Wednesday. The wife, Kim Lene Williams, 46, was booked into the Kaufman County jail shortly before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to county jail records. She was charged with capital murder, which means she could face the death penalty if convicted, according to law enforcement officials involved in the investigation.
The authorities have recently focused on her husband, Eric Lyle Williams, who was convicted last year of stealing computer equipment in a case handled by the two prosecutors. Investigators recently searched a storage unit that appeared to have been rented at Mr. Williams’s request and found more than 20 guns and a car that might have been used in at least one of the killings.
Law enforcement officials have not publicly named Mr. Williams as a suspect and have not formally charged him in connection with the murders of the district attorney, Mike McLelland, 63; his wife, Cynthia, 65; and his chief felony prosecutor, Mark E. Hasse, 57. But investigators from local, state and federal agencies have been focusing intensely on Mr. Williams in recent days.
Mr. Williams, 46, was already being held at the county jail on $3 million bond. He was jailed shortly after midnight on Saturday, accused of sending an anonymous e-mail to law enforcement officials threatening another attack if his demands were not met.
A turning point in the investigation came late Saturday afternoon, when the authorities arrived at a self-storage business a short drive from Kaufman. There, investigators found a large storage unit where Mr. Williams had kept a white sedan and an assortment of guns, including handguns and assault rifles. He had attempted to conceal the existence of the shed, the car and the guns from investigators, law enforcement officials said.
The car, which he had purchased under someone else’s name, was a white Ford Crown Victoria that resembled an unmarked police car and was similar to the silver or gray Ford Taurus that witnesses had described fleeing the scene of the shooting of Mr. Hasse in January. The shed itself had been rented by an associate of Mr. Williams, at Mr. Williams’s request, law enforcement officials said. It was unclear Wednesday if the associate who had rented the unit was his wife.
Mr. Williams and his wife have been married for 15 years, and they live in a beige-brick house in Kaufman down the street from her elderly parents. In court documents, Mr. Williams had described his wife as ill and on disability
Mr. Williams had been a sought-after lawyer, member of the chamber of commerce and newly elected justice of the peace when he was accused of stealing computer monitors from a county building in May 2011. The two prosecutors’ aggressive work on the case helped persuade a jury to find him guilty in March 2012. He was removed from office and his law license was suspended. His state-issued peace officer license — Mr. Williams had nearly two decades of law enforcement training — was revoked.
Without a county salary or the ability to practice law in the state, Mr. Williams was unemployed and under financial stress, and he and his lawyers were convinced that evidence used to convict him had been tampered with and that Mr. McLelland had gone after him to settle a political grudge, according to court documents.
Shortly before he was sentenced last year, Mr. Williams told the state prison agency in a pre-sentencing report that he had taken the computer equipment to test a video magistration system that would allow him to conduct hearings on the Internet. “I did not steal anything,” Mr. Williams said in the report written in April 2012. “This incident has become a tragic misunderstanding that has taken my livelihood and reputation.”
He spoke of the stress the case had put on his wife and her parents. “My life has taken a drastic turn,” he said, according to the report. “My wife of 14 years is ill and on disability. My father and mother-in-law are elderly and in need of medical attention; they moved to Texas so I could be a resource to them. If I do jail time, they and my wife will be the ones being punished.”

SmashMouth 04-17-2013 01:17 PM

Re: Wife of Ex-Judge Is Charged in Killings of Texas Prosecutors
Nice girl, I see.

TheOak 04-17-2013 01:19 PM

Re: Wife of Ex-Judge Is Charged in Killings of Texas Prosecutors
I commend her Doctors on the expedited recovery. She doesn't seem to ill or disabled any more.

QBREES9 04-17-2013 09:13 PM

Re: Wife of Ex-Judge Is Charged in Killings of Texas Prosecutors
and I jus shake my head.

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