Ex-JP Now Also Charged In Deaths Of Texas DA, Wife, Assistant Prosecutor

Mike and Cynthia McLelland (Courtesy photo)

Mike and Cynthia McLelland (Courtesy photo)

KAUFMAN (April 18, 2013)—Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Lyle Williams, 46, was charged with three counts of capital murder Thursday in the shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65, and of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, 57.

McLelland and Hasse successfully prosecuted Williams for theft of county-owned monitors.

The ex-JPs wife, Kim Lene Williams, was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the three killings.

The McLellands were found dead on March 30, two months after Hasse was gunned down outside of the Kaufman County Courthouse.

Kim Williams, who was taken into custody early Wednesday, was ordered held in lieu of $10 million bond, Lewis said.

Eric Williams was already in custody, charged with terroristic threat in connection with a threatening e-mail sent days after the McLellands were found slain in their home outside of Forney.

His bond was originally set at $3 million.

A probable cause affidavit says Eric Williams sent an e-mail days after the McLellands' deaths implying there would be another attack if authorities didn't respond to various demands.

An affidavit filed for the arrest warrant for Kim Williams says the woman told investigators Tuesday that she was involved in the shootings and that her husband was the gunman.

"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 on January 31, 2013 and Michael and Cynthia McLelland on March 30, 2013," the affidavit said.

She provided details of both killings that have not been made public, the affidavit said.

Kim Williams was the getaway driver when her husband approached Hasse as he walked into work and shot him to death, authorities said Thursday.

They contend she was a passenger in late March when her husband drove to the McLelland home in the Dallas suburb of Forney..

Because these despicable acts undermine the rule of law, we consider an attack on a public servant to be an attack on all Texans,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said in a statement Thursday.

Mike McLelland grew up in Wortham and graduated from Wortham High School.

He was a University of Texas graduate who earned a master’s degree in psychology from Ball State University in Indiana and a law degree from the Texas Wesleyan Law School.

He retired from the Army as a major, worked as a clinical psychologist and then began his legal career, practicing privately in Dallas and Corpus Christi and as a public defender in Dallas.

He was elected district attorney in 2010.

Cynthia McLelland grew up in Oklahoma and in Highland Park, graduated from Austin College, earned a master’s degree in psychology from Texas Women’s University and a degree in nursing from Del Mar College.

She worked as a clinical psychologist before becoming a nurse.


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