The Athens Review
A judge has approved a motion to move the death penalty trial of a man accused of killing three people, including two prosecutors, to another North Texas county.
Judge Michael Snipes on Friday OK'd the request by defense attorneys for 46-year-old Eric Williams. Authorities say he fatally shot Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia in March, and Kaufman assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse last January.
Williams' trial is scheduled to begin in October in Rockwall County, northeast of Dallas. Prosecutors say the killings were to avenge the former justice of the peace's conviction on theft charges that cost him his office and law license.
Authorities say Williams' wife, Kim Williams, has confessed, naming her husband as the shooter. She's also charged with capital murder.