KAUFMAN (1080 KRLD) - Convicted killer and former Kaufman County judge Eric Williams may see a lot of the same faces next time he's in court.
Williams is appealing his capital murder conviction and death sentence for the Kaufman County murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife.
For the last several months, Williams has been trying to convince the court to disqualify the lead prosecutor, who is now the first assistant DA in Collin County. Bill Wirskye was appointed to the case in 2013 and won the conviction. But the judge who was to hear Williams' motion died several months ago.
Now the court has appointed the judge who heard the murder case in the first place, Mike Snipes. Since the Kaufman County murder trial Snipes retired from the bench, served as first assistant DA in Dallas County, and is now a visiting judge.
Williams was arrested for the January 2013 murder of first assistant Kaufman County DA Mark Hasse, and for the murders of the McLellands. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015.
Williams' ex-wife, Kim Williams pleaded guilty to the murder of Hasse and was sentenced to 40-years in prison. She testified against her then-husband during his death penalty hearing.