“We messed up,” prosecutor Bill Wirskye said in court while questioning ATF Agent Matt Johnson. Original post at 9 a.m.: Testimony continues Friday in the sentencing phase of Eric Williams’ capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse.Williams, 47, was convicted last week in connection with the March 2013 shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike Mc Lelland and his wife, Cynthia.Williams is also accused of, but has not been tried for, the daylight assassination of prosecutor Mark Hasse in January 2013 in downtown Kaufman.
They broke up and remained friends even after Maas got married, she said.
Williams was always kind and there was “never a mean word,” she said.
Maas testified on cross examination by prosecutors that Williams became a member of MENSA and was good at games that “involved thinking and strategy and skill.” Prosecutors reopened their case Friday to remove 13 guns from evidence that were not connected to Williams. Forty-five guns were taken from Williams’ storage unit, one was found in his home, two — including the gun that killed Hasse — were found at the bottom of Lake Tawakoni, and four were found at his in-laws home.
Initially, prosecutors said outside the courtroom that 64 guns were admitted. The 13 removed guns include weapons that belonged to Kaufman County that were tested because they were the same caliber as guns used in the murders.
Williams’ defense attorneys are trying to persuade jurors to instead sentence him to life in prison without parole.
Defense attorneys called former high school classmates, family members and a former Boy Scout leader to the witness stand Thursday.
Many said they hadn’t seen Williams in 20 to 30 years.
Updated at p.m.: Court adjourned for the day shortly after noon because a juror had a death in the family. Updated at a.m.: Eric Williams’ former girlfriend, Tamara Maas, testified Friday on his behalf that she does not believe Williams is guilty and that she has visited him three or four times since his arrest in April 2013. Maas said that they did not discuss the facts of the case.
They dated in high school and for a short time after. “I believe him.” Maas testified that Williams never brought up the Mc Lellands or Hasse and did not express remorse.
Maas said that she would allow her family to spend time with Williams — even today. “I would trust him with my family today.” Williams took her to his senior prom and her junior prom and he attended her high school graduation.
Maas showed jurors a photo where she was the maid of honor in a friend’s wedding in the 80s and Williams was the best man. “Eric was there for many significant days in my life,” she told jurors.