Williams has yet to be charged for the killings. His wife, Kim Lene Williams, 46, is being held on murder charges.
For residents of the close-knit community, the arrest brought a glimmer of hope
"Quite honestly this has been troubling. It is a tragic series of events that none of us would have ever expected to occur in our county," Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said. "There is a sense of relief that perhaps this case is moving forward."
For Bell, of the local Forney Post newspaper, the arrests may remind her of a warning McLelland gave her.
Before his death, the district attorney told her that he suspected that Williams was dangerous.
The scorned lawman's grudge could extend beyond just getting even with the legal system McLelland had warned.
McLelland had advised the reporter to be careful around Williams.
"Because I sat in the front row and covered this trial for 10 days," she said.