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Terroristic threat came from former Kaufman Co. JP's computer


Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams was jailed over the weekend after authorities executed several search warrants to investigate his home. He was jailed on a terroristic threat charge.

It is important to note that Williams has not been charged with murder, nor has he been named a murder suspect, but a search warrant obtained by KLTV on Monday shows that Williams's home was indeed being searched in connection with the murders of Mark Hasse and Mike and Cynthia McLelland.

The warrant also says violations to the Texas Penal Code were made "regarding the Abuse of Official Capacity concerning misuse of Kaufman County usernames and access codes to access internet services."

A probable cause affidavit released by the Sheriff's Department says that law enforcement officers received a threat via electronic communication on March 31, stating that another attack would happen unless officers responded to the threat.

During the search of Williams' residence last Friday, investigators learned the threat came from his personal computer, but Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes said Monday morning his department would not release further information that might connect Williams to the murders.

"We don't have any information at this time," Byrnes told reporters Monday morning.

Kaufman attorney Wade Gent says he has worked on many cases with Williams throughout the years and Williams was "a pleasure to do business with," but Gent declined to comment on Williams' connection to the murders of the McLellands and Hasse.

"I think that everybody in Kaufman County is just ready for this all to be over with and we wish the authorities well and we know that they're working as hard as they can and whoever's responsible will be brought to justice," Gent said.

Williams remains in the Kaufman County Jail on the terroristic threat charge and two counts of insufficient bond. His bond is still set at $3 million.

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