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Texas builds case in slaying of DA

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas authorities investigating the killings of a district attorney and his wife are working to build a case against a former justice of the peace prosecuted last year by the slain official’s office, a law enforcement official said Monday.

Eric Lyle Williams, 46, was arrested during the weekend and remains jailed on a charge of making a terroristic threat. He is being held on $3 million bond, but authorities have not publicly discussed details of the charge against him.

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Williams’s arrest came after federal and local agents investigating the March 28 deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, searched Williams’s home and a storage facility.

Investigators are now focused on trying to build a case against him, said the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

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The official said at least 20 weapons found in Williams’s storage locker are being tested by ballistics experts. A Ford Crown Victoria similar to one seen and video recorded in the McLellands’ neighborhood on the day they died also was found at the locker, the official said.

A state law enforcement official spent 2½ hours visiting with the storage facility’s manager Monday.

The official went into the manager’s office with a small black duffel bag and left with the bag as well as what appeared to be several documents. The manager, Larry Mathis, declined to comment after the meeting.

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The office of David Sergi, Williams’s lawyer in the theft case, said Monday he would not have any comment on the case.

Associated Press

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