(Law.com) Texas' Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death sentence imposed upon former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams, who was convicted of capital murder in connection with death of two prosecutors and one of their wives.
Williams was tried and convicted of capital murder in 2014 for the death of Cynthia McLelland, who was shot inside her Forney home along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. Williams was also charged with capital murder for the killing of Mark Hasse, a Kaufman County assistant district attorney who was fatally shot while walking from the employee parking lot to work.
McLelland and Hasse had previously prosecuted Williams in burglary and theft by a public servant case. Williams was later removed from his job as a justice of the peace because of the convictions and was ultimately disbarred by the State Bar of Texas.
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Williams appealed his conviction and death sentence to the CCA, arguing among other things that his "brain is broken" because of diabetes and that the judge who presided over his capital murder trial case biased the jury through "facial expressions."