Eric Williams, 46, is shown in a booking photo from the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office on April 13. He is charged with making a "terroristic threat."(Photo: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via AP)
(USA TODAY) -- Eric Williams, a former Texas justice of the peace, was charged Thursday with murder in the killing of a Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and another prosecutor, one day after Wiliams' wife allegedly confessed to her role in the killings.
Williams, 46, is being held on $23 million bond. He was already jailed on charges of making a terroristic threat in the aftermath of the killings.
His wife, Kim Williams, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with capital murder. According to an arrest affidavit, she admitted to taking part in the slayings and told investigators her husband was the gunman.
District Attorney Mike McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65, were shot and killed in their home on March 30, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, 57, was gunned down outside the courthouse on Jan. 31.
Authorities said that Kim Williams, 46, was the getaway driver when her husband allegedly approached Hasse as he walked into work and fatally shot him. They contend that she was a passenger in late March when her husband drove to the McLelland home in the Dallas suburb of Forney for the second shootings.
"Kim Williams described in detail her role along with that of her husband, Eric Williams, whom she reported to have shot to death Mark Hasse on January 31, 2013 and Michael and Cynthia McLelland on March 30, 2013," the warrant said.
Eric Williams had vigorously denied any involvement in the killings and had submitted to a gunshot residue test and turned over his cellphone after the McLelland shootings.
An official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that ballistics experts were testing at least 20 weapons found in a storage locker under Eric Williams' name at a facility near Dallas. A Ford Crown Victoria similar to one recorded in the McLellands' neighborhood around the time the couple was killed was parked at the storage facility, the official said.
McLelland and Hasse had both vigorously prosecuted Eric Williams in 2012 for theft of public property for stealing three computers.
A jury found Williams guilty; he received two years' probation, and lost his law license and position as justice of the peace - a judge who handles mostly administrative duties. Williams was appealing the verdict.
The warrant also said that after Williams' conviction, the two prosecutors both believed he blamed them personally for his downfall and considered him a threat to their personal safety.
In the sentencing phase in the theft of public property trial, Kim Williams testified in her husband's defense. She said she suffers from several illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome. She said her husband was her sole caregiver as well as the caregiver for her two ailing parents.
"Eric is a loving man," she testified. "He wouldn't do anything to hurt anybody. I'm standing by him 100 percent."