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Former JP and wife indicted for Kaufman Co murders

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KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A grand jury indicted Eric and Kim Williams Thursday morning in Kaufman County. The couple is charged in the deaths of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney, Mark Hasse, District Attorney Mike McLelland, and McLelland's wife, Cynthia.

Kim and Eric Williams were each indicted on three counts of capital murder. The first for the murder of Mark Hasse, the second for the murder of Mike McLelland, and the third for the murder of McLelland's wife Cynthia.

Eric Williams was also indicted on a charge for making a terroristic threat.

The Kaufman District Attorney's office says they will not be involved in the prosecution because of a conflict of interest.

"My office is unable to take an active role in the prosecution of this case due to the previous recusals as well as my previous work as the judge of the Kaufman County court-at-law," says Erleigh Norville Wiley, the Kaufman County D.A.

Two special prosecutors, originally hired to handle Hasse's murder case, will handle all three murders.

According to the indictment, those prosecutors have "extensive experience in the prosecution of capital murders and other violent crimes."

The D.A.'s office says they are confident the victims' families, and citizens of the county, will be well served by their work.

"Every day we think about what's happened with Mike, Cynthia and Mark and we miss them.  But we know now that the indictment's been handed

out that we're going to just cooperate any way we can as the case moves forward," Wiley says.

Eric and Kim Williams were arrested in April. Kim told authorities her husband was the gunman in all three murders. Authorities say Kim was the driver of the getaway vehicle during those killings.

Officials say these murders were planned after McLelland and Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams for stealing computer monitors from the county's IT department.

If convicted, Kim and Eric Williams could both face the death penalty. 

Eric Williams is being held on a $23 million bond. His wife's bond is $10 million.

You can see the official indictments of Eric and Kim Williams by clicking HERE

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