'Sense of relief' in Kaufman County after JP's arrest

Eric Williams

Credit: Kaufman County

Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams was admitted to the Kaufman County Jail at 12:32 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013.



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Posted on April 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:15 AM

KAUFMAN — It's a waiting game in Kaufman County, despite the biggest development yet in the case.

Investigators are focusing their attention on a former justice of the peace in the murders of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse, District Attorney Mike McLelland, and his wife.

County Judge Bruce Wood told News 8 there is a sense of relief in Kaufman, even though no one has yet been arrested in connection with the three deaths.

But investigators are finally focusing on a single suspect: Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams.

Williams denies any involvement in the murders and has not been charged in those cases. But he remains in the Kaufman County Jail on a $3 million bond for making a "terroristic threat."

Sources tell News 8 they are waiting for results of ballistics tests on weapons found in a Seagoville self-storage locker that was rented on behalf of Williams to see if there is any connection to the deaths of the McLellands or Hasse.

In a search warrant released on Monday, investigators detailed exactly how they traced a threatening e-mail back to Williams' home. In the message, he allegedly stated that more attacks would occur unless his demands were met.

The nature of those demands has not been revealed.

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