Texas Man Sentenced to Death in Revenge Plot

Texas Man Sentenced to Death in Revenge Plot

Staff Report
Associated Press

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) - A former North Texas justice of the peace is sentenced to death for capital murder in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead.

Eric Williams was sentenced to death Wednesday. He was convicted Dec. 4 in the March 2013 murder of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home near Dallas.

Williams has been charged, but not tried, in the deaths of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse.

The 47-year-old Williams lost his job as justice of the peace, along with his law license, after McLelland and Hasse prosecuted him for theft and burglary.

Prosecutors say Williams shot Hasse outside a courthouse in January 2013 then killed the McLellands in their home two months later.