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Former justice of peace arrested in Texas prosecutor shooting probe

A justice of the peace was being held in a Texas jail on a terroristic-threat charge after his home was searched in connection with the shooting-death investigations of two local prosecutors.

Los Angeles Times

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HOUSTON — A former North Texas justice of the peace was in jail Saturday after his home was searched in connection with the shooting death investigations of two local prosecutors.

Eric Williams, 46, was arrested late Friday on a terroristic threat charge and was being held at Kaufman County Jail in Texas, effectively without bond since his $1 million bond was listed as “insufficient,” according to sheriff’s records.

No court date was listed. Jail staff referred questions to the sheriff’s office.

Kaufman County Sheriff’s Lt. Justin Lewis did not return calls and email Saturday.

Katherine Chaumont, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Dallas, said the charges were local and that she did not have additional information.

A spokesman for Williams and his attorney said they did not have any comment Saturday.

Williams was convicted last year of stealing county equipment in a case prosecuted by slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Williams is appealing the conviction.

McLelland, 63, was found shot to death at his home near Forney, Texas, about 20 miles east of Dallas, on March 30, along with his wife Cynthia, 65. Hasse, 57, was shot and killed on his way to work outside the county courthouse Jan. 31, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas.

Williams has been questioned by authorities in connection with the shootings, gave his cellphone to investigators and submitted to gunpowder residue tests, his attorney told The Los Angeles Times.

On Friday, investigators searched the homes of Williams and his in-laws in Kaufman, blocking the road to Williams’ home.

Lewis told The Los Angeles Times on Friday that the search was related to the shooting investigation, but that investigators had not made any arrests or named suspects.

Earlier this month, investigators charged three other men with making threats against Kaufman officials — on a tip line, mail and Facebook — but they have not said any of those men were suspects.

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