Kim Williams, 48, who admitted earlier this month at her husband’s capital murder trial that she helped plan the murders of a Kaufman County district attorney, his wife, and a top assistant, is expected to plead guilty this week in court. Williams, was in the car for both slayings, including acting as the getaway driver for one, helped seal the fate of her ex-judge husband in her powerful testimony about the cold blooded revenge killings.
Her husband, 47-year-old former judge, Eric Lyle Williams, was sentenced to death December 17 for murdering Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, 63, his wife, 65, and a top prosecutor, Mark Hasse, 57. Eric Williams is on death row in Livingston. Kim Williams was a key witness in his murder trial and admitted on the witness stand how she plotted and helped carry out the assassinations with her husband.
“A plea hearing is set for Tuesday, and we’ve reached a tentative plea deal between the two parties,” said lead prosecutor Bill Wirskye.
Kim Williams’ attorney Paul Johnson said Sunday afternoon that details were still being hammered out.
“Until we get it worked out on paper and signed by everybody, I don’t know that there is much to say,” Johnson said. “Everybody is still talking and we’re pretty close.”
Kim Williams testified during her husband’s trial that the couple was “joyous” over the slayings. She testified that Eric Williams pulled the trigger and shot all three. Hasse was slain January 31, 2013, as he arrived for work one morning just blocks from the courthouse. Two months later, the McLellands were found dead in their home east of Dallas as reported by Huffington Post
As reported by The Dallas Morning News, Kim and Eric Williams celebrated the McLelland killings by grilling steaks at her parents home, Kim Williams told the jury. Kim tried to explain her actions to the jury by telling them that she was addicted to several pain killers at the time. She spoke matter-of-factly about planning and carrying out the murders, even as she offered bone-chilling details about the crimes as reported by Fox4 News.
Wirskye and prosecutor Toby Shook argued in court that the slayings were carried out in revenge after Hasse and Mike McLelland prosecuted Eric Williams in 2012 for stealing county computer monitors. Williams was a Texas Justice of the Peace and lawyer at the time of his arrest, which caused him to lose his elected spot as well as losing his license to practice law.
“I so believed in Eric and everything he told me,” Kim Williams testified earlier this month at his trial. “His anger was my anger.”
She has been cooperating with authorities since her arrest in April, 2013. She led law enforcement to the gun that was used to kill Hasse and provided details on the planning of the crimes.
At Eric Williams’ trial, she testified that she had not been given a deal from prosecutors for her testimony but said she was hopeful she would receive leniency. Kim Williams is charged with three counts of capital murder, a charge that carries a sentence of death or life without parole. She will allegedly plead to a charge such as murder, which carries a range of five years to life in prison and parole is a possibility.
Read about another Texas judge who fared better when she was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. Despite police car dash cam video footage that shows she struggled to walk a straight line, and even stumbled several times during the test. As reported by the Inquisitr, charges were tossed out.