A Kaufman County official arrested on burglary and theft charges in May has filed a motion to dismiss District Attorney Mike McLelland’s office from the case.
Eric Williams, who has since been suspended from his position as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, filed his motion at 9:20 a.m. Monday in the 422nd District Court.
“We don’t think it has any validity at all,” McLelland said Monday of the motion that was filed earlier in the day.
In the motion, Williams’ attorney David K. Sergi requested that McLelland and his office be disqualified from prosecuting Williams or having any further involvement in the cause. According to the motion, Williams is requesting McLelland’s removal based on “a high degree of animosity” that developed during the 2006 Republican Party primary election.
“The indictment on Mr. Williams was not the result of a crime having been committed as much as it was an attempt to settle a political grudge,” the motion reads.
Williams was indicted by a Kaufman County grand jury in June on the charges of burglary of a building and theft more than $500 but less than $1,500 by a public servant.
The charges stem from a sheriff’s department investigation into the disappearance of computer components from the Kaufman County IT department.
A decision on the request made by the motion, which was filed in the 422nd Judicial District Court, will have to wait on a formal hearing in front of District Judge B. Michael Chitty.
A hearing for the presentation of motions relating to the Williams case has been set for Nov. 30 in the 422nd District Court..
“We’ll see what the judge says and we’ll go from there,” McLelland said.