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Prosecutors say emails link Williams to Kaufman County killings

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ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury has heard testimony that a former justice of the peace sent anonymous emails to law enforcement claiming credit for the killings of a district attorney and his wife.

Prosecutors in the capital murder trial of Eric Williams say he used cloaking software to mask the origins of the emails to a Crime Stoppers tip line.

A computer examiner with an FBI task force testified Wednesday the emails came from the 47-year-old Williams.


Prosecutors allege Williams in 2013 shot Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. He’s also accused of killing another prosecutor but is not being tried in that death.


Prosecutors say Williams sought revenge for being convicted of stealing county equipment, resulting in the loss of his law license and judicial job.


Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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