Disgraced Justice of the Peace Is Named the Prime Suspect in Killing of Two Texas Prosecutors

Daily Mail (London), April 14, 2013

The man being named as the prime suspect in the murders of a Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor has a history of threatening the people around him, court documents reveal.

Eric Williams, 46, threatened his ex-girlfriend and her son with a gun when he saw her at a conference after the two had been separated for years. She spent the rest of the night with a police officer stationed at her door, she said.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

He also reportedly threatened to kill an attorney’s family, burn down his house and stab him to death when the lawyer changed the date for a court hearing, according to testimony.

Williams was booked into Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning for making terroristic threats. He is being held on a $3million bond.

Authorities say he is a suspect in the shootings last month of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, – and the murder of assistant district attorney Mark Hasse in late January.

Sources tell CBS11 that he will be charged with capital murder in the deaths of Mr and Mrs McLelland and the assistant attorney.

Williams had previously been successfully prosecuted by the murdered officials.

Police reportedly zeroed in on Williams after several emails making threats to other county officials were linked to him.

Those threats, though, were not his first.

Williams, who served as a justice of the peace, handling-low-level legal cases in Kaufman County,  has been prosecuted by McClelland and Hasse on charges that he stole three computer monitors from the courthouse and misused law library funds.

During sentencing, an ex-girlfriend testified that he had threatened her and frightened her so badly that a police officer stood guard outside her door for the rest of the night.

Janice Gray, who dated Williams in the 1990s, said the incident started at a conference for court officials, where the two saw each other for the first time after breaking up. After she turned down his invitation to go out to eat, he told her ‘he had something he wanted to give my son,’ Gray testified.

‘And then he showed me a gun he had and said he had gotten this new gun,’ she said.

The next night, Gray said she was at a sports bar with some friends when he showed up, uninvited.

‘He told me he had a gun in his bag, and if I turned around and walked away, he wouldn’t – he would use it ’cause he didn’t have anything to lose,’ Gray said.

Prosecutors also brought up an incident in 2010, when Williams reportedly became irate when he learned that an attorney on an arbitration case he was handling had canceled a hearing.

‘First thing I heard was Eric say, “I’m going to kill him,”‘ attorney Dennis Jones, a  testified, according to the Dallas Morning News. ‘”I’m going to kill him, his wife, his kids. I’m gonna burn his house down. I’m gonna stab him.”‘

Despite this, Mr Jones and the man Williams threatened to kill both testified that they thought his words were harmless and that he never would have hurt anyone.

Williams’ wife, Kim, told the paper: ‘I’m really tired. I was up almost all night. I’m not ready to talk.’

A neighbor told the Dallas Morning News that he knew Williams to be a ‘nice guy’ who was known in the neighborhood for riding around town in his Segway.

Williams was convicted in March 2012 by the district attorney’s office of burglary of a building and theft by a public servant, the station reported.

Surveillance cameras caught Williams taking computer equipment from a county building. As part of his appeal, Williams claimed McClelland and Hasse didn’t like him.

He was sentenced to two months of probation and lost his justice of the peace position as a result of the conviction.

Federal and local authorities searched Williams’ home Friday as part of an investigation into the McLellands’ deaths.

Williams’ attorney, David Sergi, released a statement at the time, saying his client ‘has cooperated with law enforcement and vigorously denies any and all allegations.’

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

Earlier this month, Williams said he voluntarily submitted to a gun residue test and turned over his cellphone after authorities contacted him while investigating the deaths of the McLellands.

Authorities have released little information about the case except to say they continue to follow leads, including possible ties to a white supremacist gang.

One month before Hasse’s death, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning to authorities statewide that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas could retaliate for an October indictment that targeted some of its leaders.

McLelland’s office was involved in that investigation.

Earlier this month, a speaker had drawn applause from mourners at the McLelland’s funeral, when he said of their killers: ‘Chase ’em down. Go get ’em. Bring ’em to justice… Take them out of the hole they come from.’

Chris Heisler made the remarks as he led an emotional memorial service on April 4 for the couple who had been murdered at their Texas home near Forney on March 31.

Loved ones remembered the couple’s love, warmth and public service. Dozens of law enforcement officers and public officials, including Texas Governor Rick Perry, were among the hundreds who attended the service.

Friends reportedly found the bodies of the DA and his wife after going to their home on March 31, having not heard from them in almost 24 hours. They were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

At their funeral service on April 4, Mr and Mrs McLelland shared a single, flag-draped casket inside the suburban church.

Mrs McLelland had been cremated and an urn with her remains was placed inside her husband’s coffin.

McLelland had addressed many of the same people two months earlier, after the slaying of Mark Hasse, one of his prosecutors. Hasse was gunned down near the Kaufman County courthouse while going to work.

The deaths were feared to be planned attacks by violent white supremacist gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

McLelland in particular was pivotal in the prosecution of a senior member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas last year who received two life terms following a shoot out.

In the months after Hasse was killed, McLelland began to carry a gun everywhere and took extra caution when answering his door.

He told The Associated Press in an interview shortly before his death that he was warning his employees that they needed to be more cautious as well.

‘The people in my line of work are going to have to get better at it,’ he said of dealing with the danger, ‘because they’re going to need it more in the future’.

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  • Sloppo

    So … the killer appears to be a judge. Well … I guess that means we should start profiling judges. I wonder if the person who set those bombs at the race in Boston is a judge.

  • I predict that this guy will plead insanity. I just have that feeling.

    • Whirlwinder

      Crystal, he looks the part, doesn’t he.

  • I gotsta know.
    What political party does Williams support?

  • bigone4u

    Stories that don’t fit the Obama/Cultural Marxist agenda go underreported. When there aren’t enough real stories, the press spins a story to fit the agenda. For weeks the headlines about the DA murders on the librtard websites had “White Supremecist” in them. If the killer had been a White Supremicist, that would mean the story would go on and on and on. Now that the alleged killer turns out to be a disgruntled former employee, the story will disappear and the government stooge reporters will find some new atrocity to spin as proof of white evil.

    • jambi19

      Even if a story is fake it is no matter to them. Someone saw “White Supremacist” and was reinforced to be wary of “racists” and “white privilege”.

  • The__Bobster

    The libtards of Salon must be soooo disappointed that he isn’t a White supremacist.

    • Vyncennt

      The libtards of Salon will paint him as one regardless. Since when has the truth ever infiltrated their musings?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Won’t stop them from claiming he is, Bobster. They have a script and will not deviate regardless of silly things like facts.

      All about the White Genocide. We’re so evil, don’t you know?

  • A Justice of the Peace in Texas is not the same as a judge in all other courts. They are elected officials. The only requirement is that they be a US citizen and at least 18 year old with no criminal record. They handle simple misdemenors such as traffic cases, landlord tenant etc.

  • NYB

    I just heard an ex-FBI man speculating at length on radio that the Boston Marathon bomber could be someone with an axe to grind against the government, who has been influenced by the tone of contemporary debate.

    Anyone engaged in opposition politics is a suspect.

    • Jefferson

      Over 60 million voters in the U.S last year voted against Hussein Obama and another 7 million Republican voters did not vote at all and stayed home. So that means there are over 67 million registered voters who did not vote for the Kenyan and thus there are 67 million voters in this country who are suspect.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      A silly concept; wouldn’t an anti-government bomber have likely picked a government installation to attack instead of spectators at a random athletic event? The problem with FBI and other federal law-enforcement agencies settling on a fixed script for an event like this is that when the facts diverge from their preconceived notions, both their credibility and their efficiency to actually investigate the crime suffer. Unfortunately, the FBI has little choice but to spout this pie-in-the-sky speculative nonsense, as both they and the ATF are part of the Department of Justice, which means they work for that Eric Holder imbecile.

  • Tannhauser

    The media and the Obongo government so want a homegrown” white supremacist/ right terrorists” so they can lock up any and all who disagree with them. They crave the power of a police state.

  • Zimriel

    Some more news came in today: the guy’s wife Kim Lene Williams has confessed that she was “the driver”.

    I reckon they’re *all* going to Huntsville for awhile.

  • Secret Tribunal

    The new twist doesn’t matter, because MSM will still say “he acted violently just like extreme and dangerous White privilege deniers do, so we must look deeper for the connection, because we know there is one, because everyone knows that all Whites are the same.”

  • Lygeia

    It may be too late to undue the harm that was done by the media gibbering about how it had to be a white supremacist.

    The meme has already been planted that it was white supremacists that shot these lawyers. Like it was a gang or something. Of white people.

    The lie was first to the party and made a big splash. The truth is late to the party and no one will really pay any attention to it.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    This guy looks more like an actuary than your average Hell’s Angels member. I wonder how many of the MSM tools were getting smashed when this guy and not a leader of the Aryan Brotherhood was taken into custody?

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Williams was booked into Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning for making terroristic threats. He is being held on a $3million bond.”

    Terroristic threats? Well of course, he’s White! Must be a right wing terrorist!

  • LHathaway

    story disappearance in 3, 2, 1. . gone and never heard from again

  • StillModerated

    This fellow looks like the stereotypical Salon reader. But he’s wearing a white hoodie — good enough!

  • gemjunior

    He looks insane. Maybe he was DRIVEN to the brink? Can’t say I haven’t almost cracked sometimes over stupidity associated with diversity etc. in this world. Like “Falling Down”….

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Driven to steal computer monitors? I’ve scrounged so many of them that I’ll never have to buy one again. Stealing computer monitors is almost as senseless as shooting folks over being prosecuted for stealing computer monitors.

  • [Guest]

    >>>The deaths were feared to be planned attacks by violent white supremacist gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

    Okay, so those fears were planted and watered till they sprouted. Now, give it a few months, and people will be recalling the incident in which the “white supremacist gang” killed some people down in Texas. A lot of people, hearing that, will recall the planted fears and not the facts.

    Next, associate white people who do not toe the line with those murderous “white supremacists” in Texas. Mission accomplished.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Why not? A 40 year-old can be called a “youth” or a “teen” and a 25 year-old a “child”. A railway baggage porter can be called “President” and a shoe-shine boy “Attorney General”, so I suppose an obsessed lone nut can be called a “gang”.

  • Jefferson

    [QUOTE]>>>The deaths were feared to be planned attacks by violent white supremacist gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.[/QUOTE]

    How violent can “white supremacist gangs” be when the vast majority of homicides and other violent crimes in this country are not even committed by them.

    “White supremacist gangs” are not the reason why cities like Oakland and Detroit have a higher per capita murder rate than most 3rd world countries.

  • Bobby

    It’s true. The Lame Stream Media, has been waiting with bated breath, praying and hoping that some “white racists”, or “white nationalists”, or “survivalists”, or strong second amendment supporters”, might commit some violent act that the left can latch onto and proselytize about for the purpose of ruining this nation further with their toxic against human nature agendas.