Prosecutors: Ex-official was menace, made napalm

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Posted: Dec 10, 2014 1:37 PM

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors trying to persuade jurors to issue the death penalty against a former North Texas public official have presented testimony that he was a menace to others who hid away homemade napalm.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the punishment phase of the capital murder trial for 47-year-old Eric Williams. But not before showing jurors two canisters of napalm that investigators say were found in a storage unit Williams kept.

The ex-justice of the peace was convicted last week of killing Cynthia McLelland in her home last year. Also killed was her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.

Williams is charged with slaying Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse two months earlier.

Prosecutors say Williams launched a revenge plot following his conviction for stealing county equipment.