ROCKWALL – Accused triple murderer Kim Williams’ testimony on Tuesday left some of the victims’ family members in tears.
Williams is the wife of convicted murderer Eric Williams, who is facing a sentence of life in prison without parole or the death penalty for slaying Cynthia McLelland the morning of March 30, 2013, in her home near Forney.
Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye called Kim Williams -- who also has been indicted for capital murder -- to the stand as a rebuttal witness during Eric Williams’ sentencing phase.
She admitted to playing a part in the murder of not only Cynthia McLelland but also her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, and his stop assistant, ADA Mark Hasse.
There was heightened security in the courtroom because of Kim Williams' presence, and her planned testimony implicating herself and her husband.
Kim Williams, in gruesome detail, described how her husband executed the McLellands and Hasse. Her testimony left Mike McLelland’s sister, Marsha Calame sobbing and Cynthia McLelland’s son, Nathan Foreman, wiping his eyes.
She said when her husband was arrested in 2011 for stealing computer equipment he told her Hasse and McLelland were setting him up.
She believed him.
When Hasse and McLelland were going to have Janice Gray, a former court coordinator Eric Williams had dated in the 1990s testify that he threatened to shoot her after they broke up, he told his wife that the prosecution was bringing up something from the past that he did not tell her.
“He said it was not true,” Kim Williams said. Again, she believed him.
Her husband blamed former 86th District Court Judge Glen Ashworth for telling Hasse and McLelland about the incident.
She said he was very mad at McLelland, Hasse and Ashworth.
“He would talk really badly about them,” Kim Williams said. “He mentioned he would like to kill them.”
Of course, Kim Williams did not believe him when he first started talking about exacting revenge on his “enemies.”
It was after his conviction and sentencing for burglary in 2012 that he became serious when he lost his justice of the peace position and license to practice law.
Kim Williams said her husband made napalm and placed it in pickle jars, in addition to buying a crossbow.
She said he was going to wait until after the Super Bowl and go to Ashworth’s house just down from their home, shoot him with an arrow and then gore out his stomach before filling it with the homemade napalm.
But Eric Williams switched gears and set his sights on Hasse, taking Kim with him to Hasse’s house in the country in Rockwall to scout it out.
Killing Hasse at his home, though, was not good enough for Eric Williams. That was his second scenario.
His wife said he decided he was going to gun Hasse down in the street in Kaufman like it was a scene from the movie, “Tombstone.” That was his first choice.
He was going to go for the shock factor, killing Hasse early in the day as people were going to work.
“His anger was my anger,” she said. “He was excited. He was happy.”
Kim Williams said her husband wore a black Halloween mask, black jacket, pants and bulletproof vest.
The mask, she said, was ghoul like.
“It was a cold day and excitement was in the air,” Kim Williams said about Jan. 31, 2013, the day Hasse would die.
Both of them were excited.
Wirskye asked her if she wanted to murder Hasse. She said she did.
They were going to park by a pharmacy near the Kaufman County Courthouse Annex parking lot, but there was a man there.
So they went to the parking lot. When Hasse drove up and parked in his usual spot, they waited.
Her husband walked up behind Hasse and confronted him. She heard shots.
Kim Williams could not watch the murder, though.
“Because it hurt,” she said. “I could not watch him kill someone.”
Wirskye asked her if she was happy after the murder and she said she was.
“I asked if Mark had said anything and he told me Mark said, ‘No, no, please no.’”
They went home and she took a valium and went to bed.
Next on the list was Mike McLelland. They even drove by the McLelland house and took pictures.
When the Mercury Sable, which they used for the Hasse murder, was disabled, they bought a white Crown Victoria that was a former police car.
“He was happy,” Kim Williams said. “He was ready to kill Mike McLelland.”
When the law enforcement command post was set up at the former armory not far from their Overlook Drive home in Kaufman, she said her husband joked about how easy it would be to go there and start shooting.
In planning Mike McLelland’s murder, Kim Williams said her husband told her it was more than likely that Cynthia McLelland would answer the door. He would introduce himself as a police officer and tell her there was a gunman in the area.
“Why did Cynthia McLelland have to die?” Wirskye asked.
Kim Williams said she did not really know why she had to die.
“He said she had to die … she was collateral damage,” she said.
The night before the murders at the McLelland home near Forney, the Williamses were excited.
“He was in a very good mood, a very good mood,” she said.
Eric Williams was trying on clothing and modeling it for his wife, like he was on a runway.
He had a bulletproof vest with sheriff on it, pocket pants, army-like helmet and goggles.
They got up at 5:30 a.m. on March 30, 2013, Easter weekend.
They went to the storage unit in Seagoville to pick up the Crown Victoria and drove to the McLelland home, parking the Ford in the driveway.
There weren’t any lights on in the house, until Eric Williams rang the doorbell.
A light came in the house, then the porch light.
“He goes inside and I hear shots, a lot [of shots],” she said.
They fled the scene and returned the Ford to the storage unit before driving home.
“He did not tell me about Mike,” Kim Williams said.
He did tell her about Cynthia McLelland.
“He told me he had to shoot her an extra time because she was still moaning,” Kim Williams said. He shot her in the top of the head while she lay on the ground.
That night they celebrated with steaks on the grill at her parents’ home.
Then came the television interviews when law enforcement had turned their sights on Eric Williams.
“He was arrogant,” Kim Williams said. “He was thrilled. He acted like nothing happened.”
Wirskye asked her if there were still people on the hit list, and she said County Court at Law Judge Erleigh Norville Wiley and Ashworth.
Wiley was on the list because she put an end to his overcharging for his work on Child Protective Services cases.
But Eric Williams’ desire to show off – sending a tip into Kaufman County Crime Stoppers that was traced back to his computer –stopped the killing with his arrest in April 2013.
The case went to the jury shortly after 3 p.m. when the prosecution and defense attorneys finished their closing arguments.
The defense argued that Eric Williams was not a threat to society and should be sentenced to life without parole.
The prosecution maintained that he is calculating, vindictive and would still be a danger to society if sent to prison for the rest of his life.
Dallas County Criminal District Court Judge Mike Snipes at about 6 p.m. said jurors had not reached a decision and he was sequestering them for the night.
Court resumes at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Gary E. Lindsley may be reached at email@example.com.