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eric williams

Eric Williams was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for the murders of a District Attorney and his wife. According to court documents Eric Williams and his wife Kimberly Irene Williams would murder Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Michael McLelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, 65. The murders were reportedly ordered by the Aryan Brotherhood. Kimberly Williams would be sentenced to forty years in prison for her role and Eric Williams would be sentenced to death.

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Eric Williams 2021 Information

NameWilliams, Eric Lyle
TDCJ Number999598
Date of Birth04/07/1967
Date Received12/18/2014
Age (when Received)48
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)GED
Date of Offense03/30/2013
Age (at the time of Offense)46
 Hair ColorBrown
 Height (in Feet and Inches)5′ 10″
 Weight (in Pounds)206
 Eye ColorBlue
 Native CountyTarrant
 Native StateTexas

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The man who assassinated Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, is seeking a new trial.

Eric Williams received a death sentence for Cynthia McLelland’s murder. He was also charged for the murder of county prosecutor Mark Hasse in what prosecutors argued was a case of violent revenge. The murders and the trial captured national attention.

The judge has reserved time for the proceeding to go on, if necessary, through the end of the week. Monday’s testimony came from attorneys involved in prosecuting Williams.                     

Wearing a striped prison jumpsuit and appearing with a full beard, Williams, a death row convicted killer, was escorted into court on Monday.

With his appellate team led by attorney Carlotta Lepingwell, Williams is trying to convince the judge he deserves a new trial or a new penalty phase for his conviction.

In 2013, Williams, a former justice of the peace, was arrested for three murders that rocked Kaufman County. The ambush and execution-style killing of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse happened not far from the county courthouse.  Mike and Cynthia were found shot to death inside their home.

Williams was convicted in December 2014 for Cynthia’s murder.

At the hearing, Williams hopes to convince the judge his trial defense counsel was ineffective and that there was prosecutorial misconduct, including a secret deal with his wife at the time, Kim Williams, whose damaging testimony against him was key in his conviction.

Public defender John Wright was on Willliams’ trial defense team and took the stand. During Q&A, one of his responses was: “we might’ve reviewed a quarter of the discovery. We couldn’t read it fast enough. We were just not prepared for trial.”

Attorney Lalon Peale was on Kim’s defense team and was also questioned under oath.

During the state’s cross-exam, prosecutor Lisa Smith asked, “When did the state offer Mrs. Williams a deal?”

“Right after the Eric Williams trial,” Peal answered.

And she was offered 40 years. Did you think that was fair?” Smith asked.

“Yes,” Peale replied.

The hearing will continue Tuesday morning.

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2 thoughts on “Eric Williams Texas Death Row

  1. This idiot can’t be executed fast enough. To do what he did, he should of been taken out of the court house and shot in the Kaufman square.

  2. I think a lot people would concur with that action. But we are an “enlightened” society, so it is said. Triadically those days are over – using the public square following the trial. Some would say “but what if he was not guilty.” Right.

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