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Wife of disgraced judge charged with murder in Texas DA case

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(Read caption) Authorities search a storage unit at Gibson Self Storage Saturday as they continue to investigate the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, and a top prosecutor in Seagoville, Texas.

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Texas authorities arrested and charged a woman with capital murder in connection to the killings of a district attorney, his wife, and an assistant district attorney, officials announced Wednesday.

Information about the arrest of Kim Williams, the wife of a former judge who is also implicated in the investigation, was originally leaked by an anonymous source. Mrs. Williams was booked at 3 a.m. at Kaufman County Jail and is being held on a $10 million bond, an officer told the Associated Press early Wednesday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation of the shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia last month and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hesse in January.

In a press conference Wednesday, Lt. Justin Lewis of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the that Williams is charged with three murders and being held on bail, but he offered no further details and took no questions. 

An arrest warrant affidavit released by the sheriff’s office said that Mrs. Williams “described in detail her role and that of her husband” in the shootings, providing details that were not publicly released, reported the Associated Press.

Both Mr. McLelland and Mr. Hesse prosecuted a case against Mrs. Williams’s husband, former justice of the peace Eric Williams, last year. A jury found Mr. Williams guilty of stealing three computers from a county building, and he received two years probation, losing his elected position of justice of the peace and his law license, NBC reported.

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