Wife of Ex-Official Charged in Texas DA Deaths

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  • KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — Kim Williams wasn’t seen around town much after her health worsened. While in years past the Texas woman occasionally would visit a neighbor for chats on his porch, her arthritis and other conditions eventually kept her inside.

    Despite being the wife of a well-known county justice of the peace, county officials rarely saw her in public. Even neighbors called her reclusive. Few of them knew much about her.

    But after Williams was charged with capital murder in the deaths of two North Texas prosecutors, an image has taken shape of a woman who allegedly plotted with her husband to take revenge on the people who prosecuted him for theft and ended his judicial career.

    “I don’t think anyone could have written a novel that would play out like this,” Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said Wednesday after her arrest. He said county employees were relieved the case that had baffled authorities for weeks was moving forward but also were shocked by the developments.

    Williams, 46, was arrested and charged Wednesday after allegedly confessing to playing a role in the slayings of Kaufman County assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse in January and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month.

    An arrest affidavit alleges Kim Williams told investigators Tuesday that her husband shot and killed the victims, but the document doesn’t specify what role she played. Investigators said they would not release further details until briefing the victims’ families.

    The charge was the latest turn in an investigation that had recently focused on her husband, former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, after authorities searched his home and a nearby storage facility stocked with guns.

    Eric Williams, also 46, a former family lawyer who has not yet been charged in the slayings, remained jailed Wednesday on $3 million bail on a charge of making a terroristic threat. His wife was being held on $10 million bail.

    Kim Williams’ arrest Wednesday surprised many in this community just southeast of Dallas, though few could offer much insight into her background or personality.

    Wood said he met her only once, briefly at a swearing-in ceremony for public officials. A local attorney, Steve Hulme, said he knew Eric Williams’ wife had health issues and called her arrest “just shocking.”

    Richard Mohundro, a next-door neighbor, said Kim Williams used to visit him and talk on his front porch.

    “I actually had many more conversations with Kim … than I ever did with him,” Mohundro said. “She is in bad health and hasn’t been outside much in the last two years.”

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