KAUFMAN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – CBS 11 has confirmed the FBI evidence response team is searching the home of former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams in connection with the Kaufman County murders.
Authorities previously questioned Williams and tested him for gunpowder following the murder of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in January and again after the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mark McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.
CBS 11 sources also say investigators are searching a second location and the home of Williams’ in-laws, who live down the street. Both searches began at about 3 p.m.
Law enforcement has not named Williams as a suspect in the murders.
Earlier this month, the CBS 11 I-Team reported Williams had a history with both Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse. The two prosecuted and secured a conviction against him back in 2012 for Burglary and Theft By A Public Servant. Surveillance cameras caught Williams taking computer equipment from a county building. As part of his appeal, Williams claimed McClelland and Hasse didn’t like him.
Williams told CBS 11’s Mireya Villareal that he had no involvement in the murders of Hasse or the McLellands. “My heart goes out to all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. And especially the people that work at the courthouse,” he said.
There has been no sight of Williams during these warrant searches. CBS 11 has unsuccessfully attempted to contact him multiple times for a comment. The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office calls this is just another search warrant in reference to the “ongoing investigation.”
The manager of the nearby neighborhood liquor and wine shop says investigators have been in the area for two weeks, often using his parking lot as a set-up point.
Ray Rubio says he was told, “They were here to monitor the area. Nothing to be alarmed about. But you”ll see cars here.”
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