Jury selection starting in prosecutors’ slayings


ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Jury selection is beginning at the capital murder trial of a former justice of the peace accused of killing a North Texas district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor.

Eric Williams faces a possible death sentence for the slayings last year of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and the prosecutor’s wife, Cynthia, at their home in Forney, just east of Dallas. He’s also charged with fatally shooting an assistant prosecutor, Mark Hasse.

Authorities say Williams was upset because the prosecutors’ office had pursued charges he stole some county-owned computer equipment and the conviction cost him his law license and job.

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Jury selection starting Monday is expected to take weeks. The trial itself is set for Dec. 1 and has been moved from Kaufman to nearby Rockwall County.