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Ex-Judge "Prime Suspect" in Texas DA Murders: Source

Former Justice of the Peace being questioned about killings.

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    Source tells NBCDFW that former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace is a "Person of Interest" in the murder cases of the county's District Attorney, his wife and Assistant District Attorney. (Published Monday, Apr 15, 2013)

    A former Texas judge is a "prime suspect" in the murder cases of a district attorney and his wife and charges are expected as early as Tuesday, a family member told NBC DFW.

    So far, no one has been charged in the murder cases of Kaufman Country District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

    Source: Williams "Person Of Interest" In DA Murders

    [DFW] Source: Williams "Person Of Interest" In DA Murders
    Source tells NBC DFW that former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace is a "Person of Interest" in the murder cases of the county's District Attorney, his wife and Assistant District Attorney. (Published Sunday, Apr 14, 2013)

    A family member told NBC DFW's Ray Villeda charges against former Kaufman County Justice of Peace Eric Williams are expected as early as Tuesday. 

    Family members have been told Williams is a “prime suspect” and that he may be moved from the Kaufman County jail in the coming days.

    Agents Search Seagoville Storage Units

    [DFW] Agents Search Seagoville Storage Units
    Multiple agencies searched a Seagoville storage facility on Saturday, the same agencies investigating the murders of Mark Hasse and Mike and Cynthia McLelland. (Published Saturday, Apr 13, 2013)

    In 2012, Williams was convicted of stealing three computer monitors from the county. As a result, he lost his position as justice of the peace.

    On April 2nd, Williams referred to his high profile theft case in t Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, “I certainly think that anytime a prosecutor has taken on a case that was at least in some case a little high profile, then they should certainly look at anybody involved with that.”

    Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams Arrested

    [DFW] Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams Arrested
    Williams was arrested overnight Friday for making a terroristic threat. (Published Saturday, Apr 13, 2013)

    Williams was referring to his high profile theft case.

    Earlier on Sunday, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department Lt. Justin Lewis told NBCDFW: 

    Mr. Williams has not been charged with any murder (no one has been
    charged for the murders) and we have not named any suspects, prime
    suspects, or persons of interest in the case - despite what some DFW
    outlets reported last night. The investigation continues and all leads and
    tips continue to be worked.  There are no pressers or releases scheduled
    for today.

    Eric Williams, 46, was admitted to the Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning, jail records show. Bond was set at $1 million for the terroristic threat charge and at $1 million each for two charges of insufficient bond.

    The FBI, state and local law enforcement searched his home on Friday afternoon.

    On Saturday, officers searched a storage unit in Seagoville in Southeast Dallas County. Officers would not tell NBC DFW who the storage unit or a white sedan removed from the unit belonged to.

    Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia were found gunned down in their home on March 30. In late January, assistant DA Mark Hasse was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas.