Hearing for Kaufman Co. murder suspects

KAUFMAN (CBSDFW.COM) - It was a series of crimes that brought national attention to Kaufman County. The district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor were all murdered over a matter of weeks. And on Friday, we could learn if the couple accused of the crimes will be facing the death penalty.

There will be a preliminary hearing on Friday morning, where special prosecutors assigned to the case are expected to announce if they will seek the death penalty for Eric Williams and his wife, Kimberly Williams. The pair have been accused of murdering assistant district attorney Mark Hasse. They have also been charged with the murders of Kaufman County district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.

Officials said that Kimberly Williams drove the getaway car in both shootings, while Eric Williams was the actual gunman. Prosecutors think that his motive was retaliation. Hasse and McLelland prosecuted Eric Williams — a former Justice of the Peace — for stealing county property last year. A jury convicted Williams and he was then unable to practice law.

Eric and Kimberly Williams were indicted for the murders in late June.


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