Ex-judge’s wife charged
The wife of a former judge was charged with capital murder after confessing to her involvement in the three shooting deaths of the local district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor, Texas authorities said on Wednesday. Kim Williams was arrested early on Wednesday, a day after she told investigators that she and her husband, Eric Williams, were involved in the shootings, according to documents in the case. Eric Williams has not been charged in the killings. The affidavit says Kim Williams “described in detail her role along with that of her husband,” but was unclear on who she said committed the shooting. Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams last year for theft of three computer monitors. Eric Williams was convicted and sentenced to probation. He also lost his elected position as justice of the peace and his law license. McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead on March 30, two months after Hasse was slain. Eric Williams was arrested on Saturday and charged with making terroristic threats. He remains jailed on a US$3 million bond.
‘Cannibal’ to plead guilty
A prosecutor says a man accused of cannibalism is expected to plead guilty but not criminally responsible in the slaying of a man staying with his family. Charging documents state Alex Kinyua, a 22-year-old former Morgan State University student, told authorities that he ate the heart and brain of the Ghanaian man he was charged with killing last year. Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly said on Wednesday that Kinyua is expected to enter the plea to first-degree murder. His attorney’s office declined comment. The slaying came days after Kinyua, a US citizen originally from Kenya, was charged in an on-campus beating that blinded another man. He entered the same plea to attempted murder in that attack, meaning he would be confined to a mental health facility, not prison.
No mercy for baby killer
Ohio Governor John Kasich has turned down a request for mercy by a condemned killer who says he intended to rape his girlfriend’s six-month-old daughter, but not to kill her. Kasich’s decision rejects arguments by attorneys for Steven Smith, who said evidence shows the baby died because Smith was too drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child. Kasich’s announcement on Wednesday upheld a unanimous ruling against mercy by the Ohio Parole Board on Wednesday last week. The board said some arguments for sparing Smith, 46, such as his turbulent childhood, were far outweighed by the abhorrent nature of the crime. Smith is scheduled to die on May 1.
Three arrested in killings
Police on Wednesday arrested three men suspected of involvement in a spate of killings of homeless people in the central-western state of Goias. They are suspected of trying to kill a homeless man on Saturday and of murdering six others in the state capital of Goiania, the Goias state police department said in a statement. Saturday’s victim was shot several times, but survived and identified the three gunmen, it said. Police in Goias say the killings of homeless people may be related to unpaid drug debts. Federal law enforcement officials have said the killings may be the work of extermination groups hired to kill suspected criminals.