Hood County has connection to former JP questioned in Kaufman killings

April 16, 2013

The former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace who was prosecuted by the district attorney’s office and is now at the center of the investigation into the killings of the D.A., his wife and an assistant D.A., used to be a reserve deputy in Hood County. Sheriff Roger Deeds said that Eric Lyle Williams was a reserve deputy in Hood County in 2003 and 2004, under a previous sheriff. Deeds said, however, that no one remembers Williams. He was supposed to conduct training, “but never did,” Deeds said. Williams, 46, was convicted of theft and burglary of a public building and lost his JP position and law license, according to media reports. He was arrested Saturday (April 13) and remains jailed on $3 million bond for allegedly sending a terroristic threat via email to law enforcement officials one day after Kaufman District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in their home from multiple gunshot wounds. On Jan. 31, Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down as he walked to the Kaufman County courthouse.

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