A Texas jury took just 95 minutes Thursday to convict a former Kaufman County justice of the peace of murdering a district attorney’s wife – one of three people he was accused of killing.
Eric Williams, 47, could face the death penalty for the murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of former Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.
Williams was tried this week only for the murder of Cynthia McLelland, giving prosecutors a shot at prosecuting him later for two other killings, one by one.
The McLellands were gunned down in their home on March 28, 2013 – two months after Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death in a Kaufman County courthouse parking lot by a masked gunman.
The murders rocked the close-knit town of Kaufman and forced authorities to provide security and bodyguards for area judges and prosecutors.