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Sources: Ex-Kaufman Co. JP now suspect in D.A. murders

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Sources connected to the Kaufman County District Attorney murder investigation tell FOX 4 News that former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams is a now a suspect in the case.

Williams was arrested and booked into jail early Saturday morning after state and federal agents searched his home. He is being held on a $3 million bond at the Kaufman County Jail for a terroristic threat charge and bond revocations related to a pending theft case.

FOX 4 has made repeated attempts since the arrest to contact authorities and Williams' attorney for comment about the charges.

Williams is not charged with the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Charges for the crimes are expected to be capital murder.

FBI agents and investigators searched Williams' house extensively Friday afternoon as part of the continuing investigation into the three murders.

They also searched a second home seven doors away, believed to belong to one of Williams' relatives.

Williams is a former Kaufman Co. JP who was tried by both prosecutor Mark Hasse and D.A. Mike McLelland and convicted of theft charges in 2012. He had to give up his JP seat and law license due to the conviction.

Williams was questioned by authorities after the Hasse murder and again after the McLellands were murdered in their Forney home. His attorney issued a statement Friday night vigorously denying any allegations against his client.

Williams has said he was not surprised that the trail had led to his doorstep because of his legal troubles with McLelland and Hasse.

The search warrant was executed by the FBI, Kaufman County Sheriff's deputies and the Texas Rangers. All documents are sealed in this case.

McLelland and his wife were shot and killed nearly two weeks ago in their Kaufman Co. home. Hasse was murdered near the Kaufman County Courthouse on January 31. A combined $200,000 reward has been posted for both cases.

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