The murders of two Texas Assistant District Attorneys and one spouse had a lot of people speculating about white supremacists in the Lone Star State. Instead, police have arrested the wife of a former Justice of the Peace that the two DAs prosecuted for theft last year, after discovering the suspected getaway vehicle in the JP’s storage facility:
The wife of a former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland and Mark Hasse, CBS Station KTVT reports.
KTVT reports that Kim Lene Williams was taken into custody just before 3:00 a.m., and charged with a single count of capital murder.
She is being held on a $10 million bond.
Her husband, Eric Williams, was arrested on Saturday morning for allegedly making terroristic threats against city officials. He is being held behind bars on a $3 million bond.
Sources told KTVT that Williams is also expected to be charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths.
Dallas TV station WFAA has this breaking-news update on the case:
Authorities also said they were able to trace a threatening e-mail sent the day after the McLellands were fatally shot in their home back to Mr. Williams. The e-mail, sent anonymously, threatened more attacks.
The McLellands were found shot to death in their Forney home on March 31. Their deaths came two months after the assistant district attorney Hasse was killed while walking to the Kaufman County Courthouse on Jan. 31.
Mr. McLelland and Hasse were involved in the prosecution of Mr. Williams, who was convicted of stealing three computer monitors from the county and lost his license to practice law in March of 2012.
When the murders occurred last month, speculation arose about white-supremacist groups and/or Mexican drug cartels supposedly declaring war on American law enforcement. Instead, the truth seems to be much more prosaic — a case of revenge against prosecutors who successfully prosecuted a crime. This holds lessons for observers who are tempted to leap onto hobby horses in advance of the evidence in crimes large and small — a lesson we should probably learn this week, too.