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Second car searched in Kaufman Co. prosecutor murder

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Investigators have found a missing car they said was used during one of the Kaufman County District Attorney murders. They discovered a 2001 silver Mercury Sable similar to the Ford Taurus witnesses saw the morning assistant Kaufman County District Attorney Mark Hasse was killed.

The Kaufman County Sheriff said they believe the car was used by Eric and Kim Williams to ambush Hasse.

The FBI has already linked another car found in a self-storage unit to the deaths of the Kaufman county DA and his wife.

The images of the white Crown Victoria being pulled out of the storage shed used by Eric Williams were stunning. The car matches the Ford seen in the neighborhood around the time Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McClelland and his wife Cynthia were killed in their home.

The discovery of the Mercury Sable is laid out in a search warrant affidavit. It also provides plenty of insight into the chess game of evidence that investigators said leads to Eric Williams and his wife as the suspects in the killings.

"Seems to be that law enforcement is doing their job they're going back and seeking all the leads and all are circling back to the Williams," said Dallas attorney Pete Schulte.

Schulte is not connected to the Kaufman case. He stresses that Eric Williams is innocent until proven guilty.

But in a statement, referring to the Mercury Sable, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office said, "investigators believe that this vehicle is the vehicle used by Eric and Kim Williams in the commission of the homicide of Mark Hasse."

A police search warrant affidavit states that the Mercury Sable was abandoned near the storage facility searched by police after the McClelland murders.

Mark Hasse was killed January 31st. The Sable was abandoned in late February and towed a few days later to an auto storage yard in Dallas.

The affidavit said a search of Williams home led them to the second car. It also says that Eric Williams bought the Crown Victoria under a false name in late February about the time that the Mercury Sable was abandoned.
"The evidence is mounting," said attorney Pete Schulte. "He did make a conscious effort. If he is truly responsible for these killings, he made a very conscious effort to try to hide his tracks and it looks like he just didn't do it well enough because the vehicles are being found and I have a feeling soon ballistics are going to come back and match some of the guns that were stored in the storage unit."
The search warrant affidavit also shows records at the storage facility in Seagoville that someone went in and out of the facility around the times that Mark Hasse was killed. The same pattern happened about the time that the McClelland's were shot to death.

Investigators in the court documents speculate the motive could be retaliation against Hasse and McClelland.

When Eric Williams was a Kaufman County Justice of the Peace he was convicted of stealing county equipment. Hasse and McClelland handled the case.

To cover up any trail that might lead to him, the affidavit indicates that Eric Williams convinced a friend to rent a storage space for him. Williams was listed as someone who could have access to the storage unit.

The affidavit says the FBI found evidence that Eric Williams did a records search on the Mercury Sable four days before Mark Hasse was killed.

The search would have shown someone if their name was connected to the car.

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