Former ETX JP charged with murder granted change of venue for trial

Former ETX JP charged with murder granted change of venue for trial
Kaufman County Jail

POSTED: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:29am

UPDATED: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 2:22pm

According to, a change of venue request has been granted for accused killer and former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Eric Williams.

The motion was filed in October 2013 which stated coverage by the media would make it an unfair trial.

Rockwall County will now host the trial set for October 20, 2014. 

A grand jury handed down capital murder indictments for Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, on Thursday, June 27, in connection with the slayings of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Investigators allege Eric Williams shot and killed Hasse in January and the McLelland's in March 2013, after the attorneys prosecuted him in a theft case that ultimately cost him his law license and position as a judge.

According to an arrest affidavit, Kim Williams confessed to her involvement in the shootings and named her husband as the shooter while providing police with details about the killings that were not released publicly.

Kaufman County district attorneys will not be involved in the prosecution of the case due to previous involvement with all parties. Toby Shook and Bill Wirskye have been named special prosecutors in the case.

Officials said the cases will be death penalty cases.


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