DALLAS— A judge ordered a change of venue for the trial of the suspect in the murders of a Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and the assistant district attorney.
Dallas County District Judge Michael Snipes made the order.
In an agreement between prosecutors and the defense team Friday, Eric Williams' trial was moved from Kaufman County to Rockwall County. It will take place on Oct. 20, 2014.
In June 2013, Williams, 46, and his wife Kim, 47, were indicted on capital murder charges in the deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. The state announced in July they will seek the death penalty in the Williams case.
Prosecutors haven't revealed whether they will seek the death penalty in the capital murder case against Williams' wife.
According to investigators, Williams and his wife planned the murders after he was terminated from his job as the justice of the peace following a theft conviction. Williams was found guilty of stealing computer equipment from the county's IT department. After the conviction, he also lost his law license.
Hasse was gunned down in the parking lot of the Kaufman County Courthouse on Jan. 31, 2013. McLelland vowed to find the person or persons responsible in the shooting, but he and his wife were found shot dead about two months later inside their home.
"We're very confident that we're going to find you," McLelland said during a news conference the day Hasse was shot. "We're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and we're going to let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."
In July 2013, County Judge Bruce Wood said he wanted the trial held in Kaufman County. However, Williams' defense team argued the former justice of the peace would be unable to receive a fair trial in the county.
In June 2013, on the same day the couple was indicted, Williams' wife filed for divorce, which is pending.