Trial to begin in North Texas prosecutors’ deaths


ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury is to hear opening statements in 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.

Trial is scheduled to open Monday in the trial of Eric Williams. He 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.


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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.


The trial has been moved from Kaufman to nearby Rockwall County.