AHS grad, former area cop investigated in Kaufman murders

April 17, 2013

A man under investigation for three high-profile murders in Kaufman County has ties to Azle, Lakeside, and Springtown.

Eric Lyle Williams, 46, is in a Kaufman County jail with bond set at $3 million. He is charged with making a terroristic threat, and has not yet been charged with the murders.

A former Kaufman County justice of the peace, Williams was a member of the Azle High School Class of 1985.

He went on to graduate from Texas Christian University in 1989, where he obtained a degree in criminal justice.

He also graduated from Texas Wesleyan Law School in 1999.

According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, Williams has worked as a police officer in the cities of Lakeside, White Settlement, Springtown and Roanoke, as well as for the Hood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tarrant County Hospital District.

Williams is currently charged with a terroristic threat after he emailed threats to law enforcement officials, but authorities are also investigating his involvement in the murders of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse Jan. 31 outside the Kaufman County courthouse.

Williams is also under suspicion for the subsequent murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia in their home March 30.

Some of the information contained in this news story was obtained from other news agencies.

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