Criminal Justice

Woman charged along with husband in prosecutor slayings seeks a divorce

A woman indicted along with her husband in the slayings of two Texas prosecutors is seeking a divorce.

Former Justice of the Peace Eric Lyle Williams and his wife, Kim Lene Williams, were indicted last week on charges of capital murder in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland; McLelland’s wife, Cynthia; and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, the Associated Press reported last week.

Kim Williams had described her husband as a loving man who wouldn’t do anything to hurt anybody when he was tried and convicted last year on charges that he stole three county computer monitors, according to the Dallas Morning News Crime Blog. But her supportive view apparently changed when she filed for divorce last week, the blog says. The Los Angeles Times also has a story.

The petition cites “discord or conflict of personalities” and says the couple stopped living together on about April 12, the date of Eric Williams’ arrest. According to police, Kim Williams has told authorities that her husband was the shooter and has said she was also involved in the scheme.

The prosecutors in the theft case were McLelland and Hasse.

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