Pistol used in Hasse slaying found in Lake Tawakoni

Apr 2, 2014

Law enforcement officials have recovered the gun used to kill Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse, according to a search warrant affidavit made public.

The gun was found in Lake Tawakoni on March by Texas Department of Public Safety diver, according to a Dallas Morning news report. They have been searching the water along Highway 276 in Hunt County, the report said.

Hasse was killed Jan. 31, 2013, as he was leaving his car to go to work at the Kaufman County courthouse.

The gun used to kill Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, on March 30, 2013, has not been found. The McLellands were killed in their home near Forney.

Former Kaufman County justice of the peace Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, have been charged with capital murder in the slayings.

Officials did not comment about finding the gun.

The gun was found by Texas Department of Public Safety divers March 5.

“Recent forensic testing of this Ruger pistol has revealed that this pistol from which the bullets that killed Mark Hasse were fired,” the affidavit said.

Divers also found a second gun and a black mask, according to the Dallas Morning News. The second gun was purchased by Kim Williams “many years ago,” according to a search warrant affidavit, the report said.

Officials have said they believe the slayings were revenge murders. Mike McLelland and Hasse were involved in the prosecuting of Eric Williams for stealing county computer monitors. Eric Williams was given probation and lost his justice of the peace post and his law license.

Officials have said Kim Williams confessed to the slayings, saying her husband was the shooter and she was in the car for all three slayings.