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Punishment phase resumes for convicted ex-Kaufman County official

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ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — The punishment phase is set to continue in the trial of a former North Texas public official convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against prosecutors.

Proceedings are set to resume Monday. Eric Williams was convicted of fatally shooting Cynthia McLelland, found dead last year with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home near Dallas. Williams, accused of killing Mike McLelland, is also accused in the slaying two months prior to the couple’s deaths of an assistant prosecutor.


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Defense attorneys Friday portrayed 47-year-old Williams in a sympathetic light in an effort to spare him the death penalty, calling on childhood friends who described the former justice of the peace as considerate.


Prosecutors say Williams plotted revenge after being convicted of stealing county equipment.


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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