No, seldom does a Mensa member murder, but in this case it happened.
Eric Williams, a lawyer and Justice of the Peace in Kaufman, Texas took some computer monitors from the Kaufman County Courthouse that he claimed he needed for his office.
On ID TV they did not make it clear if the actually placed them in his office, or removed them from the courthouse entirely.
Mark Hasse, the Chief Assistant District Attorney, and District Attorney Mike McLelland were of the opinion that he stole them, and prosecuted him for the crime.
Williams was offered a plea down to a misdemeanor, which I assume would have left him with his law license and his Justice of the Peace position.
But Williams, a member of Mensa, as a law official would say later, thought he was smarter than everybody else, decided to go for an acquittal altogether. He didn’t get it. He was convicted, and in addition to jail time, he lost his law license, and was no longer a Justice of the Peace. In other words, he lost his livelihood period.
What ID TV never made clear is the lifestyle that Williams was living. After all of this, he still lived in an expensive home. Maybe he had an inheritance, who knows?
But Williams had revenge on his mind, possibly from the day he was convicted of stealing the computer monitors. Williams felt that Hasse and McLelland had overreached, and didn’t even need to bring a criminal case in the first place. Some of the townspeople agreed with that point of view.
On 1/31/13 Williams, dressed in total black with his face covered, approached Mark Hasse who was going to the county courthouse, and gunned him down. Williams’ wife was driving the getaway car.
There were witnesses, but none of them could provide a very good description of the car, and there was no tag on the car. There was such total shock that this was happening on the safe streets of Kaufman, Texas, it took the people there a couple of minutes to realize what they had just seen.
The small town was on edge. Who could do such a thing? Everybody was looking at everybody else, wondering if they were looking at the killer.
The tough Aryan Brotherhood gang became a suspect because of their close ties to drugs. Both Hasse and McLelland had prosecuted drug cases.
Then on 3/30/13, Eric Williams, dressed as a policeman, rang the doorbell of the home of District Attorney Mike McLelland. McLelland I’m sure thought he was opening the door to a friendly face, but instead Williams opened fire and killed him. Exactly where Mike’s wife Cynthia was at the time is not known, but wherever she was, Williams found her and killed her.
The town was more on edge than when Hasse was murdered. Courthosue employees were escorted to and from their vehicles.
Finally a call to the police broke the case open. A friend of Williams said he had rented a storage unit in his name for Eric Williams. The storage unit was in another town about 30 miles away. Perhaps they should check it out. The caller had accepted the excuse that Williams gave him as to why Williams did not want the storage unit in his name.
A white Ford Crown Victoria had been seen at the murder scene of Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia by several people, even though it was late night. Also there was video of it. The car was in the storage unit.
Eric Williams was arrested on 4/18/13 for the capital murder of Mike and Cynthia. He was found guilty on12/4/14. He was sentenced to death, which ID TV said would probably require 20 years for the execution to take place because of the appeals process in Texas. That sounds preposterous. Mike and Cynthia and Mark Hasse don’t get 20 years more of their lives. They are gone forever. They are dead forever. Williams’s wife got 40 years as an accomplice.
Should district Attorney Mike have opened that door to who he thought was a policeman that night? There was no reason to believe that the killer was dressed as a policeman.
Did it take Williams being a member of Mensa to figure that out, to dress as a policeman? Probably not. The common sense logic Williams had to ask himself was under what circumstances would Mike open the door?
Bear with me here. In order to be a member of Mensa, you have to be in the 98% percentile of passing a standard Mensa test, although there is more than one test depending on which country you are in. If I reverse that, my feeble brain says that means you are in the top 2% of intelligence, or at least I think that’s what it means.
I’m quite certain that if I am wrong about that, some Mensa member will send me a comment correcting my lack of intelligence, and probably telling me that my title paints all Mensa members as murderers.
I’m sure Mike’s gun was tucked away in a holster the night he was killed. Williams was already suspected in the murder of Mark Hasse. Mike was bound to know Williams was a member of Mensa, and would pull some kind of stunt to kill him and his wife. He had to know he was at the top of the kill list. Yet there came that one second of opening his front door.
There was TV footage of Mike vowing to find the killer of Mark Hasse when he was killed. Little did he know he would not have time.
Today is today, and tomorrow might not be.
Hasse struggled with Williams before Williams was able to free a hand and shoot him in broad daylight. Hasse probably knew it was Williams in the few short seconds he had to live, but died before he could tell anyone.
Mike McLelland didn’t know it was Williams when I’m sure Williams had his back to the door until Mike opened the door.
Hasse, who, if he had lived a couple of minutes when immediate help arrived, could have told those concerned citizens who it was, and saved Mike and Cynthia’s lives.
But some things are not meant to be, are they?