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Accused Kaufman Killer Requests Change of Venue

By Greg Janda
|  Friday, Nov 1, 2013  |  Updated 4:27 PM CDT
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Accused Kaufman Killer Requests Change of Venue

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The accused killer of Kaufman County's district attorney has filed a motion to move the trial from the town where the shootings happened.

On Wednesday attorneys for Eric Williams filed a motion requesting a change of venue for the capital murder trial in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McClelland and his wife Cynthia.

A similar motion for a change of venue has not been requested in the January 2013 murder of Kaufman Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, for which Williams is also charged.

Williams’ wife Kim has also been charged with capital murder in all 3 incidents but no change of venue has been requested in her defense.

Kaufman County Commissioners were notified on Monday that the state has awarded the county more than $300,000 to be used to prosecute the case that is expected to start in October 2014 according to the Kaufman Herald.

The Kaufman Herald also reported there was no indication when the judge will rule on the motion for a change of venue.

Eric Willliams remains in the Kaufman County Jail on $23 million bond. Kim Williams remains in jail on a $10 million.

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