Investigators search suspected getaway car in Kaufman D.A. murder



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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM

The FBI now appears to have another key piece of evidence in the murder of assistant Kaufman County District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Court documents say investigators towed a silver 2001 Mercury Sable from a Seagoville storage facility where other evidence was found in the murders earlier this month. The car matches witness descriptions of a car seen just after Hasse was gunned down on his way into work at the Kaufman County Courthouse on January 31.

A search warrant affidavit says the car was found at a Dallas wrecking yard after it was abandoned at Gibson’s Self Storage in a unit investigators say former justice of the peace Eric Williams had a friend rent for him.

Williams and his wife, Kim, are both the charged in the murder of Hasse, as well as District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, Easter weekend. Investigators have said Kim confessed to driving the getaway cars in the murders and that her husband pulled the trigger.

Hasse and McLelland convicted Williams of theft. Williams lost his justice of the peace position and law license.

Investigators say the car had not been seen on the property before it was discovered there on February 25. It was towed on March 7 at the request of the facility’s management.

Kaufman resident Maggie Garrett said she was surprised at how quickly new information is developing in the case. Garrett said she and many of her neighbors suspected the investigation might drag on for the rest of the year before the case would be solved, if ever.

“I’m very pleased and surprised that things have happened so quickly because it was, well y'know, it’s a small town,” she said. “But they did a  great job.”

Investigators are now poring over evidence found in the car. Court documents say investigators found fingerprints, a toothpick, a drinking straw, and will also be testing cloth fibers from the car’s seat and seatbelts.