KAUFMAN — The now-notorious "silver car" law enforcement officers were looking for feverishly after the Jan. 31 murder of Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse is in their possession.
According to a press release issued by the task force that has been investigating the murders of Hasse and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, the vehicle is a silver, 2001 Mercury Sable.
The task force has had possession of the Hasse vehicle since April 18. It had been abandoned at the same self-storage business where the vehicle believed to have been used in the McLelland murders was found. The owner of the business – Gibson Self Storage in Seagoville – had the car towed to a private lot, where law enforcement located it.
Officials have some links from the Mercury Sable to Eric Williams, according to a search warrant for the vehicle.
According to the warrant, Williams had performed a Lexus Nexus search on the Mercury Sable's license plate number, four days before the Hasse murder. Law enforcement have since contacted the previous owner, who said she sold the car via Craigslist and that a towing service later contacting her to inform her that they had towed the car from the self-storage business.
Gate code records at the business show that Williams used his code to access the site on Feb. 24. Owners of the business said the car wasn't there on Feb. 22, but was on Feb. 25.
Those same gate code records show that the storage unit Williams had access to, was entered on Jan. 31 at 9:12 a.m. (Hasse was killed that day, just before 8 a.m.) and exited at 9:30 a.m.
On March 30, the day of the McLelland murders, that unit was accessed at 6:06 a.m., then exited at 6:18 a.m., then entered again at 7:07 a.m., then exited at 7:24 a.m.
Williams and his wife Kim Lene Williams are being held in the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center jail on capital murder charges. He is being held in lieu of a $23 million bond; she on a $10 million bond.
On April 16, Kim Williams confessed to her role in Hasse's murder, along with the murders of the McLellands. Mike and Cynthia McLelland were found March 30 shot dead in their home.
In that interview with interview with investigators, Kim Williams also named her husband as the shooter in all three murders.
Kim Williams said she drove the getaway car, the one now in possession of law enforcement.
It's the second vehicle of interest recovered by the murder task force formed to intestigate the murders of the McLellands and Hasse.
On April 13, the task force were told by a friend of Eric Williams about a storage unit he rented at Williams' request. The task force executed a search warrant for the storage unit and found a 2004 white Crown Victoria that matched the description of a car seen in the area of the murders of the McLellands.
The former owner of the Crown Victoria identified Eric Williams from a photo lineup as "Richard Greene," the man who he sold the car to on Feb. 23 of this year. Title information carred the "Richard Greene" name as its owner.
The task force also recovered 41 weapons during the search of the storage unit, including weapons that could have been used in the murders.
Officials have not commented on results of any ballistic testing on those weapons.