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Former Kaufman County JP arrested

KAUFMAN, Texas - Kaufman County records show that former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has been arrested.

Authorities searched Williams' home on Friday afternoon and into the night in connection with their investigation of the Kaufman County prosecutor murders.

Williams, 46, was booked into the Kaufman County Jail at 12:32 a.m. Saturday and charged with making a "terroristic threat." Bond was set at $1 million.

The district attorney's office prosecuted and convicted Williams last year for theft. He lost his justice of the peace position as a result.

Investigators spent hours at Williams' home and that of his in-laws on Friday. The two families live on the same street in Kaufman.

They removed boxes, computers and guns.

It's now been two weeks since investigators found the bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife in their home near Forney. Prosecutor Mark Hasse was shot and killed on his way to the courthouse on January 31.

Eric Williams has links to both McLelland and Hasse but has not been charged in connection with their deaths.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office said it was working on a statement providing more details about Williams' arrest.

Williams' attorney, David Sergi, issued this statement on Friday:

"He has cooperated with law enforcement and vigorously denies any and all allegations. He wishes simply to get on with his life and hopes that the perpetrators are brought to justice."

This story comes to us through KFDM's media partnership with KHOU 11 News in Houston.

 

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