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Ex-official's wife says husband killed DA

KAUFMAN, Texas -- In a stunning twist, the wife of a jailed former justice of the peace was charged yesterday with capital murder after authorities say she confessed to helping her husband kill two North Texas prosecutors who aggressively secured a theft conviction against him.

The overnight arrest and charge against Kim Lene Williams is the latest turn in an investigation that had zeroed in on Eric Williams after authorities searched his home and a nearby storage facility stocked with guns. An arrest affidavit alleges she told investigators Tuesday that her husband shot and killed Kaufman County assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse in January and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife last month.

The affidavit does not specify what role she played in the killings. Investigators said they would not release further details until briefing the victims' families.

Eric Williams, 46, who has not yet been charged in the slayings, remained jailed on a $3 million bond yesterday on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

Kim Williams, 46, was being held on a $10 million bond.

McLelland and Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams last year for theft of three computer monitors from a county building. Williams was convicted, sentenced to probation and lost his law license and his elected position as justice of the peace.

McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead March 30 in their home, two months after Hasse was gunned down near the county courthouse. Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said the district attorney told him after Hasse was killed that he believed Eric Williams was behind the attack but acknowledged he had little evidence to support his suspicion.

The officer who signed the affidavit, sheriff's Sgt. Matt Woodall, said he had learned from other officers and county employees that Hasse and McLelland both believed Williams blamed them for the loss of his job. The prosecutors carried handguns after the trial because they thought he was "a threat to their personal safety," Woodall wrote.

Eric Williams was arrested Saturday on allegations he sent an email to authorities -- one day after the McLellands' bodies were discovered -- implying there would be another attack if authorities didn't respond to various demands.

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