Judge Patricia Ashcroft Retires after Distinguished Career

On Friday afternoon dozens of friends, colleagues and family members gathered at the Forney Sub Courthouse to wish farewell to Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, Patricia B. Ashcroft.

A longtime resident of Forney, Judge Ashcroft served as the Municipal Judge for Forney for many years before being elected as Kaufman County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 in January 2011.


Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Finds No Merit in Williams Plea

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the court of “last resort” for all criminals convicted in Texas, unanimously upheld the December 2014 Capital Murder conviction of Eric Lyle Williams on Wednesday morning.

Tried and convicted for the ruthless March 30, 2013 slayings of former Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia McLelland; Eric Williams has being incarcerated within the Allen B. Polunsky “death row” Unit, located sixty miles east of Huntsville, Texas since his capital murder conviction.

Over the past few years Williams has filed numerous appeals of his conviction, and justifiably all his pleas have been denied and found to be without merit by the Texas courts system.

After extensively reviewing the trial transcripts and evidence presented within Williams’ week long murder trial, the Justice's of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today issued a 110 page ruling which details Williams many legal objections and justifications.


The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found that all “forty points of error” submitted by Williams to be without merit. And furthermore, ruled that the trial judge’s ruling that Williams should be executed for the murders of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, be upheld.



A date has not yet been set for the execution of Eric Lynn Williams.

Therefore is should never be forgotten, that Williams not only murdered Mike and Cynthia McLelland but also callously and ruthlessly murdered former Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

The residents of Kaufman County interested in reading the long list of pleadings presented by Eric Lyle Williams may read the below Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling in its entirety.

Eric Williams Texas State Court of Criminal Appeals Ruling


Exclusive Forney Post photographs:

Cover Photo: Williams sporting an American Flag shirt while bidding on a gun at a Kaufman County Auction in 2012.

Left Inset Photo: Cynthia McLelland holding the Bible as Mike McLalland is sworn-in as Kaufman County DA by Judge B. Michael Chitty.

Middle Inset Photo: Mark Hasse with a group of Kaufman County employees in the hallway of the Kaufman County Courthouse during the theft trial of Eric Williams.

Right Inset Photo: Eric Williams on trial in Rockwall, Texas in December 2014 for the murders of Mike and Cynthia McLelland.


The mugshot on the right, of Eric Lyle Williams, was recently released for publication by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


Written by: Denise Bell

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