Court: Prosecutors Allowed To View Kaufman County Murderer's Defense Documents

L.P. Phillips
June 27, 2018 - 4:17 pm

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KAUFMAN COUNTY (KRLD) - The defense team that defended former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has to allow prosecutors to look at their files, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled today. 

Williams was sentenced to death for the 2013 murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia. He was also charged, though never tried, for the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. The shootings were in retaliation for the prosecution of Williams, who stole county computers for use out of his home. At the time, Williams was a Justice of the Peace. The conviction got Williams disbarred and booted from the bench. 

The capital murder conviction and death sentence are on appeal, with Williams raising an issue of ineffective counsel. Prosecutors say in order to present a defense in the appellate case, they need to look at files belonging to the defense team. Defense attorneys moved to keep the files secret. In a ruling today, the Court of Criminal Appeals denied Williams' writ without comment.

Because there are still appeals pending, no execution date has been set.