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Gun used in Kaufman County slaying found in Lake Tawakoni

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The gun used to kill a Kaufman County Prosecutor Mark Hasse has been found, according to court documents.

A search warrant affidavit says dive teams searching Lake Tawakoni near Two Mile Bridge in March found two pistols, a black mask and other evidence in the case.

Further investigation revealed one of the pistols was purchased by Kim Williams, wife of suspected gunman Eric Williams. Forensic testing revealed the other was used in Hasse's murder, the affidavit says.

Hasse was gunned down as he arrived for work in January 2013 outside the Kaufman County Courthouse. Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were shot and killed in their home in March 2013.

Eric Williams, a former justice of the peace, is accused of killing all three.

Prosecutors said he sought revenge against the prosecutors because of his conviction on theft charges. He lost his law license and justice of the peace position.

Kim Williams named her husband as the shooter. She is also charged with capital murder.

The murder weapon found in the lake will be a key piece of evidence in the trial, which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 20 in Rockwall County.

Another major piece of evidence is a Crown Victoria seen in security camera footage in the McLelland's neighborhood on the day of the shooting. The vehicle was located in the suspect's storage shed in 2013.

Investigators also recovered a homemade incendiary device from the shed "capable of and believed intended for, evidence destruction along with two jars believed to be filled with homemade napalm," the affidavit says.

The weapon used to kill the McLellands still has not been found.

The trial was moved to Rockwall County due to the amount of attention the case got and the sensitivity in Kaufman County.

In March, thousands of people were called to be potential jurors filled the courthouse hallways. Some even spilled outside to fill out a 28 page questionnaire.

It's estimated the preliminary jury pool is 3,000 people, which will be whittled down to an eventual final 12.

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