Prosecutors to seek death penalty against Kaufman suspect

Eric and Kim Williams

Credit: Kaufman County Jail / WFAA

Mug shots of former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams and his wife Kim Williams.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 10:03 AM

KAUFMAN, Texas -- Authorities have announced they’ll seek the death penalty against the former county official accused of killing three people in East Texas, including two prosecutors.

Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye said Friday during a court hearing that the state will look to execute former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams. He’s charged with killing Assistant DA Mark Hasse in January and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia in March.

Wirskye says no determination has been made whether to seek the same penalty against Kim Williams.

Eric and Kim Williams each is charged with three counts of capital murder. She has filed for divorce from her husband.

Authorities believe the killings were to avenge the former JP’s conviction on theft charges that cost him his office and law license.

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