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District Attorney Mike McLelland, far left, and Eric Williams, fourth from right,  took office the same day at this swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1, 2011. Williams' home was searched yesterday in connection with McLelland's murder. Williams was also arrested for making terroristic threats. He is being held in the county jail with bond set at $3 million.

Former justice of the peace Eric Williams has been arrested for making terroristic threats, according to a local law enforcement spokesperson.

Lt. Justin Lewis confirmed the arrest of Williams this morning.

Williams remains in the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center jail with bond set at $3 million, according to the sheriff's department website.

Yesterday, law enforcement descended on the Wellington Park housing addition in Kaufman, executing a search warrant on a home they would not identify.

The search warrant was served by the task force investigating the murders of district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, and assistant district attorney Mark Hasse.

The McLellands were found dead in their home March 30 and both had been shot. Hasse was shot and killed Jan. 31 a block away from the courthouse where he worked for Mike McLelland.

Williams has already had his hands tested for gunshot residue and the test was negative, according to Williams' attorney David Sergei in an interview with The Kaufman Herald earlier this month.

In that interview the attorney said he understood why his client would be questioned in connection with the McLelland case.

“Anyone that (McLelland) has ever prosecuted is in the picture,” Sergi said.

On March 23, 2012, a 422nd District Court jury deliberated about three and a half hours before handing down two guilty verdicts against Williams.

Williams was sentenced to two years probation for each of two state jail felonies — theft by public servant and burglary of a building. He was also assessed a $5,000 fine and ordered to perform 80 hours of public service.

Both McLelland and Hasse were the prosecuting attorneys in that case.

Since the guilty verdicts handed down by the jury, Williams was removed from elected office and had his law license suspended awaiting final results from the appeals process.

Williams' appeal, now in the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, is next scheduled for oral arguments on May 22.

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