Eric Williams Death Penalty Appeal Denied

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Former Kaufman County Judge Eric Williams will stay on death row after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected his death penalty appeal.

Eric Williams murdered Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia on Easter weekend in 2013.

Williams was sentenced to death partly based on the testimony of his former wife, Kim.

Williams appealed, one reason, he claimed, his court-appointed attorney Maxwell Peck, was ineffective, leading the jury in odd ways during closing arguments.

But the Court of Criminal Appeals found all questions about the case have been resolved.

Now it will be up to a trial judge to set a final execution date.