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New Kaufman County District Attorney Sworn In

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    Kaufman County
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Erleigh Norville Wiley of Forney as Kaufman County district attorney for a term to expire at the next general election.

    A North Texas county where two prosecutors were fatally shot has a new district attorney as two suspects in the killings remain in custody.

    Erleigh Norville Wiley was sworn in Monday afternoon to succeed slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.

    The bodies of McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found March 30 in their home. An assistant district attorney, Mark Hasse, was gunned down Jan. 31.

    Wiley grew up in Kaufman. She was a prosecutor in Dallas County and court-at-law judge before being approved by the Texas Senate to replace McLelland.

    She was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry earlier this month and said she is honored by the appointment.

    "I'm confident I can do a good job, and so those are my feelings," she said. "I'm a little surprised. I didn't know it would move quite this fast."

    Ex-Justice of the Peace Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, are being held on capital murder charges. Eric Williams was convicted last year of theft and burglary for stealing county computer monitors. He was sentenced to probation.