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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Eric Williams is in Kaufman County Jail once again, while he awaits transfer to death row following the jury's decision yesterday morning to sentence him to death for his conviction December 4th in the death of Cynthia McLelland, wife of former Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, for whom Williams is also accused of killing. After reading the death sentence, Judge Mike Snipes compared Williams to Charles Manson and Jeffery Dahmer, and told the people of Kaufman County there's no reason to be scared any more. Judge Snipes also announced to the jury and those in the courtroom that Williams' capital murder trial was his last jury trial as he will retire at the end of this year. He said it had been a great honor to work with his juries over the years, and that he would never forget this one. Later in the day, yesterday, Sheriff David Byrnes, District Attorney Erleigh Wiley and County Judge Bruce Wood spoke with the media at the Kaufman County Courthouse, delivering a message of healing for Kaufman County.
The suspect detained by Kaufman Sheriff's deputies following a shooting yesterday evening at the Shell gas station on Interstate Hwy 20 at Hiram road, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Arrested was 28-year-old Brandon Mark Goldey, who was taken to Kaufman County Jail, and later released on bond. Goldey and another man were involved in an altercation outside the Shell station Tuesday around 6:30 p.m., and Goldey allegedly shot the man, who was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he is in stable condition. Goldey told investigators the gun discharged accidentally, however, after several hours investigating the crime scene and interviewing witnesses, deputies took Goldey into custody.
Around noon yesterday, Terrell Police were searching the residential area west of 9th street and north of Colquitt Road for a suspect involved in the robbery of a convenience store on Ninth Street, just north of Colquitt Road. Because of the proximity of the search to Furlough Middle School on Colquitt Road, Terrell ISD chose to place the school on external lock while classes continued as usual.
Terrell Police will be actively seeking those driving while intoxicated during the holidays according to Captain A. D. Sansom in a prepared release yesterdy. The department received a Texas Department of Transportation reimbursement grant allowing the stepped up patrols specifically tasked with DWI enforcement. Kenneth Moore, grant coordinator for the department, was quoted as saying they desire for all to have a safe and enjoyable holiday without fear of a DWI involved motor vehicle crash.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
**UPDATE** The jury in the capital murder trial of Eric Williams sentenced him to death for his December 4, 2014, conviction for the slaying of Cynthia McLelland, wife of former Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, for whom Williams is also accused of killing. Williams has not been tried for the murder of Mike McLelland, nor for McLelland's top prosecutor Mark Hasse, who Williams is accused of killing as he walked toward the Kaufman County Courthouse early in 2013.
Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, celebrated the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland with a steak dinner according to testimony by his now estranged wife, Kim, during the prosecution's rebuttal yesterday in the penalty phase of Williams' capital murder trial. Kim Williams, also charged with capital murder as an accomplice to the killings, said she hopes to avoid the death penalty by testifying. The jury started deliberations shortly after three o'clock Tuesday afternoon. After over two hours, the jury was sequestered for the night, and will resume at 8:30 this morning.