As authorities in North Texas zero in on a former justice of the peace in the killings of a district attorney, his wife and assistant, Montgomery County's DA says his office also was the target of a murder plot.
Officials say it appears 84-year-old Dorothy Canfield was trying to take advantage of what's going on in Kaufman County.
“The reason was clear why she targeted me,” Montgomery County DA Brett Ligon told reporters Monday. “What she wanted to do was make it appear as if this killing and this maiming was in direct relation.”
Authorities say Canfield already was an inmate at the county jail when she allegedly told other inmates she wanted to hire someone to kill the assistant DA who put her behind bars in the first place.
“This same type of threat is made continuously against peace officers and judges,” said Ligon. “The threats need to stop. We're doing our jobs and we're going to continue to do our jobs and we're not going to back off of our jobs.”
Meanwhile in Kaufman County, investigators are focused on Eric Lyle Williams, who is jailed on a charge of “making a terroristic threat.” Williams is a prime suspect in the killings there because he was prosecuted for theft of county computers last year.
“It sounds like he really held a grudge against the district attorney and the assistant district attorney,” says high-profile Houston attorney Steven “Rocket” Rosen. “But what happened was he lost his judgeship and he lost his law license.”
Rosen says he never bought the KKK lead, but says we can't assume anything until all the facts come out.
“Who knows how he reacted?” asks Rosen. “But to even think that someone could be that cold and that heartless to kill an assistant DA and then weeks later take the life of a wife and a district attorney who he know, who he had a relationship with. I'm shocked if that's the case.”
The guns that police found in the Williams' home will be compared to the ballistics in the slayings in Kaufman County. He is jailed on $3 million bond.