"Wife of Ex-Judge Is Charged in Killings of Texas Prosecutors," is the New York Times report by Manny Fernandez, Serge F. Kovaleski, and Emma G. Fitzsimmons.
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, and has told investigators that her husband was the one who shot them.
Her confession was contained in an affidavit filed with the arrest warrant, which said the woman, Kim Lene Williams, 46, had confessed in an interview with investigators on Tuesday. She described in detail her own role and that of her husband, Eric Lyle Williams.
Ms. Williams, 46, was booked into the Kaufman County jail shortly before 3 a.m. on Wednesday and is being held on a $10 million bond, 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 Mr. 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.
"Wife of ex-judge confesses in Texas DA slayings," is the AP report by Danny Robbins.
The wife of a former North Texas judge was charged with capital murder after confessing to her involvement in the three shooting deaths of the local district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor, authorities said Wednesday.
Kim Williams was arrested early Wednesday, a day after she told investigators that she and her husband, Eric Williams, were involved in the shootings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and one of his prosecutors, according to documents in the case.
The affidavit says Kim Lene Williams "described in detail her role along with that of her husband" but was unclear on who she said committed the shooting.
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams last year for theft of three computer monitors. Wiliams was convicted and sentenced to probation. He also lost his elected position as justice of the peace - a judge who handles mostly administrative duties - and his law license.
The Dallas Morning News reports, "Updated: Wife of ex-JP confesses, says her husband shot former Kaufman DA, his wife and top prosecutor," by Tanya Eiserer.
Kim Williams’ arrest warrant says she confessed to the entire plot, explaining her role and saying her husband was the shooter.
Authorities confirmed the charge and $10 million bail during a brief news conference at the Kaufman County sheriff’s department. Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot dead as he walked to the courthouse on the way to the courthouse on Jan. 31 and Mike and Cynthia McLelland were shot dead over Easter weekend.
Kaufman County Lt. Justin Lewis told the media that family members would be briefed on the investigation this afternoon and that a full news conference would be held Thursday.
Earlier coverage of the crime that had rattled nerves among prosecutors begins at the link.