Wife of Ex-Official Charged in Texas DA Deaths

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Winnie Murrell sold her home to the Williams family in 2001 but returned to the neighborhood frequently because her sister lived up the street.

“They were not real friendly people,” Murrell said. “In fact I thought she was a recluse. I stayed up at my sister’s house a lot and I never saw her outside or anything.”

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

Kim Williams testified at the sentencing phase of the trial, calling him “a loving man” and contradicting the image presented in trial testimony that indicated he made death threats against a former girlfriend and a local attorney.

She testified she suffers from several illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome. She said her husband was her sole caregiver as well as the caregiver for her two ailing parents.

“He wouldn’t do anything to hurt anybody,” she testified, according to a story from the Forney Post. “I’m standing by him 100 percent.”

Eric Williams has said that after the McLellands were found shot dead in their home March 30 and after Hasse was gunned down Jan. 31 near the county courthouse, he submitted to gunshot residue tests and turned over his cellphone to authorities.

He 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.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation previously said authorities were trying to build a case against Eric Williams in the prosecutors’ slayings. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

The official said ballistics experts were testing at least 20 weapons found in a storage locker under Eric Williams’ name at a facility near Dallas. A Ford Crown Victoria similar to one recorded in the McLellands’ neighborhood around the time the couple was killed was parked at the storage facility, the official said.

A message left with an attorney who had been representing Eric Williams was not returned Wednesday. Jail records did not list an attorney for Kim Williams.

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