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Death penalty sought for ex-JP in Kaufman County slayings

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace in the murder of a district attorney, his wife and an assistant.

Eric Williams gunned down Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Mark Hasse earlier this year. The announcement came at a Friday morning hearing in Kaufman.

Prosecutors did not say if they will seek the death penalty against Williams' wife, Kim.

A Dallas County judge appointed to hear the case indicated he will try the case in Kaufman County and scheduled a trial date for October 2014.

Both Williams' were arrested in April for the three killings. Kim Williams confessed to authorities and said her husband Eric was the gunman.

McLelland and his wife Cynthia were murdered Easter weekend. Hasse was shot outside the Kaufman County Courthouse on January 31.

Kim Williams was the getaway driver for the Hasse slaying outside the county courthouse. Kim Williams was a passenger for the McLelland murders.

According to a probable cause affidavit released when Williams was arrested for terroristic charges, Eric Williams sent an email that implied there would be another attack if various demands were not met. He lost his job in 2012 after stealing three computer monitors and being found guilty by a jury.

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