Man charged in Texas prosecutors’ deaths

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Man charged with killing prosecutors

A former justice of the peace has been charged with murdering a North Texas district attorney and his assistant who prosecuted the suspect for theft, officials announced Thursday.

Eric Lyle Williams, 46, is charged in the shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month, and of assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse in January, Sheriff David Byrnes said at a news conference. Williams is being held on $23 million bond.

Williams was arrested Saturday and charged with making a terroristic threat for allegedly
e-mailing an anonymous threat to law officers one day after the McLellands were found dead.

Williams’s wife, Kim, was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder in the killings. An affidavit alleges she confessed to taking part in the killings and told investigators her husband was the gunman.

Authorities said Kim Williams was the getaway driver when her husband allegedly shot Hasse as he walked into work. They said she was a passenger when her husband drove to a Dallas suburb, where he allegedly shot the McLellands in their home.

— Associated Press

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Air show drops Hiroshima re­enactment: After protests, the popular Dayton, Ohio, air show has canceled plans to stage a reenactment of the World War II atomic bomb attack on Japan. A spokeswoman said Thursday the June 22-23 event at Dayton International Airport will keep a planned “Great Wall of Fire” pyrotechnic show, but not as an event meant to reenact the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima. A B-29 bomber similar to the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb will remain in the show, but in a separate role.

Woman sentenced in grandson’s death: A 75-year-old Detroit-area woman convicted of the murder of her grandson was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison Thursday. Sandra Layne said she shot Jonathan Hoffman, 17, six times last spring out of fear during a physical altercation, but a jury rejected her claim of self-
defense. Hoffman was living with Layne while his parents lived in Arizona, where a daughter was being treated for a brain tumor. He had a history of drug use.

— From news services

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