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Judge agrees to change location of trial for man accused of Kaufman Co. slayings

Eric Williams (Source: Kaufman County Jail) Eric Williams (Source: Kaufman County Jail)
Kim Williams (Source: Kaufman County Jail) Kim Williams (Source: Kaufman County Jail)
KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A judge granted a motion on Friday for a change of venue for the trial of Eric Williams, the man accused of killing Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia in 2013.

InForney.com reports that Williams' defense team filed the motion in October 2013, saying that media coverage would make it difficult for Williams to receive a fair trial in Kaufman County. The trial, which has been moved to Rockwall County, is scheduled to begin October 20.

Williams, a former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, along with his wife, Kim, are in the Kaufman County Jail after they were indicted for capital murder in the slayings of Hasse and the McLellands.

Authorities say the Williams hatched a plot to kill Hasse and the McLellands after they prosecuted Eric Williams for theft and burglary in 2011, causing him to lose his job.

Dallas County District judge Mike Snipes granted the change of venue request and will preside over the trial. Special prosecutors Bill Wirskye and Toby Shook say they will seek the death penalty for Eric Williams.

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