UPDATE: Kaufman County DA, wife found dead in their home

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POSTED: Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 1:05pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 1:16pm

UPDATE:

On Saturday, March 30th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Kaufman County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in the 9300 block of Blarney Stone Way in an unincorporated area of Kaufman County.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found deceased inside a residence. Both victims had been shot.
 

The crime scene continues to be processed and the investigation is in its beginning stages and is ongoing.

This is a joint investigation of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We emphasize that this is an active investigation and that official information regarding the investigation will come from the office of the Kaufman County Sheriff or his designee.


Numerous local, state, and federal agencies are providing assistance, including the Kaufman County Constables’ offices, the Forney Police Department, the Kaufman Police Department, the Terrell Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the US Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and several other agencies in some capacity.

Law enforcement officials are working to ensure the continued safety of the public, as well as to ensure the safety of our county and judicial employees.


If you have information to provide about the murder of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, please call Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-847-7522, or submit a tip online at www.kaufmancountycrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous.

 


UPDATE:

Investigators find various shell casings from a .223 caliber rifle.

The Kaufman County DA's officer will be closed Monday, April 1, 2013.
 

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A Texas community is on edge after a district attorney who said he would put away the "scum" who killed a colleague two months ago was shot to death alongside his wife in his home Saturday night.

Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said he thought there was a "strong connection" between the slayings of Mike and Cynthia McLelland and the shooting death of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed on his way to work in January.

Hasse and McLelland "worked on similar cases very closely," said Wood, the county's top elected official.

And Kaufman Mayor William Fortner told CNN that he thought the men were targeted by people seeking revenge.

"That's the logical conclusion, and I don't have any information that directs me to think that's the case, but that's what you would assume under the circumstances, since they targeted two people from our prosecutors."

The Kaufman County sheriff's office, however, won't officially say the killings are connected.

"I can't say that," Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes told reporters. "No, we have nothing indicating that for sure."

Federal and state law enforcement descended rapidly on the crime scene to aid in the investigation.

Just two months ago, McLelland vowed to find the people who killed Hasse, one of his top deputies.

On Saturday, authorities found the McLellands' bodies in their home in Kaufman County, east of Dallas.

"I don't know of anyone who would want to cause him harm," Fortner said. "As far as I could tell, he was doing a really good job as a district attorney."

Fortner said he hoped the killer or killers were caught "before any more people are lost."

Wood and McLelland last spoke last week.

"He never stated to me that he was worried," Wood said. "But everybody that works in the courthouse has been on edge, but he never indicated any fear to me."

Authorities are providing extra security for others.

"We are taking precautions to protect other elected officials in the county," Byrnes told reporters Sunday. Byrnes said he couldn't comment on what those measures were.

Byrnes drew no connection between the cases and offered no details as to how the McLellands were killed.

A law enforcement official told The Dallas Morning News "there are shell casings everywhere."

Authorities have not identified a suspect.

McLelland was an Army veteran who later earned a master's degree in psychology and became a psychologist for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the district attorney's website said.

He was raised in the small town of Wortham, Texas, where his parents had a ranch. He joined the Army after attending the University of Texas and spent 23 years in the service.

He later earned his law degree and practiced as a defense attorney and mental health judge for 18 years before becoming the county's district attorney in 2010.

McLelland and his wife leave behind two daughters and three sons. One son is a Dallas police officer.

Another top prosecutor slain

The McLellands were killed almost exactly two months after Hasse was shot to death in broad daylight outside the county courthouse on January 31.

Hasse had feared for his life and carried a gun to work, said a Dallas attorney who described herself as his longtime friend.

Colleen A. Dunbar said she spoke with Hasse on January 24. She said the prosecutor told her he had begun carrying a gun in and out of the county courthouse daily.

"He told me he would use a different exit every day because he was fearful for his life," Dunbar told CNN.

She said that Hasse gave no specifics on why he felt threatened -- only that he did.

McLelland called Hasse "a stellar prosecutor" who knew that threats were part of the job.

He vowed after Hasse's slaying to put away the "scum" who killed his deputy.

"I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we're very confident that we're going to find you," McLelland told reporters.

"We're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Attorney Pete Schulte told CNN affiliate WFAA that public servants are facing a new quandary.

"It's going to have a chilling effect on people who do want to step into those roles and (have to think about whether to) start arming themselves," he said. "I mean, that's the risk that we're going to face now because of this happening."

Schulte told the station that after someone shot through the windows of his Dallas offices in November, he began to carry a gun more often.

 

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CNN has published more information:

A Texas community is on edge after a district attorney who said he would put away the "scum" who killed a colleague two months ago was shot to death alongside his wife in his home Saturday night.

Kaufman Mayor William Fortner told CNN that he thought the slayings of Mike and Cynthia McLelland were linked to the shooting death of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was slain on his way to work in January.

"It has to be targeted," Fortner said. "That's the logical conclusion, and I don't have any information that directs me to think that's the case, but that's what you would assume under the circumstances, since they targeted two people from our prosecutors."

The Kaufman County Sheriff's office, however, won't officially say the killings are connected.

Just two months ago, McLelland vowed to find the people who killed Hasse, one of his top deputies.

On Saturday, authorities found the McLellands' bodies in their home in Kaufman County, east of Dallas.

"I don't know of anyone who would want to cause him harm," Fortner said. "As far as I could tell, he was doing a really good job as a district attorney."

Fortner said he hoped the killer or killers were caught "before any more people are lost."

Authorities are providing extra security for others.

"We are taking precautions to protect other elected officials in the county," Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes told reporters Sunday. Byrnes said he couldn't comment on what those measures were.

Byrnes had no comment when a reporter asked whether Saturday's crime was connected to a white supremacist gang.

FBI spokesman Dave Joly said the Denver field office wasn't involved in this case.

Last week, the suspect in the killing of Colorado's prison chief was mortally wounded in a shootout with sheriff's deputies in northern Texas. Evan Ebel was once a member of the white supremacist 211 Crew.

Joly told CNN the investigation into Ebel is a "local investigation" in Colorado and in Wise County, Texas.

Byrnes drew no connection between the cases and offered no details as to how the McLellands were killed.

A law enforcement official told The Dallas Morning News that a door was apparently kicked in, and "there are shell casings everywhere."

Authorities have not identified a suspect.

The county sheriff's office brought in the FBI and the Texas Rangers to help with the investigation.

McLelland was an Army veteran who later earned a master's degree in psychology and became a psychologist for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the district attorney's website said.

He was raised in the small town of Wortham, Texas, where his parents had a ranch. He joined the Army after attending the University of Texas and spent 23 years in the service.

He later earned his law degree and practiced as a defense attorney and mental health judge for 18 years before becoming the county's district attorney in 2010.

McLelland and his wife leave behind two daughters and three sons. One son is a Dallas police officer.

Another top prosecutor slain

The McLellands were killed almost exactly two months after Hasse was shot to death in broad daylight outside the county courthouse on January 31.

Hasse had feared for his life and carried a gun to work, said a Dallas attorney who described herself as his longtime friend.

Colleen A. Dunbar said she spoke with Hasse on January 24. She said the prosecutor told her he had begun carrying a gun in and out of the county courthouse daily.

"He told me he would use a different exit every day because he was fearful for his life," Dunbar told CNN.

She said that Hasse gave no specifics on why he felt threatened -- only that he did.

McLelland called Hasse "a stellar prosecutor" who knew that threats were part of the job.

He vowed after Hasse's slaying to put away the "scum" who killed his deputy.

"I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we're very confident that we're going to find you," McLelland told reporters.

"We're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

Attorney Pete Schulte told CNN affiliate WFAA that public servants are facing a new quandary.

"It's going to have a chilling effect on people who do want to step into those roles and (have to think about whether to) start arming themselves," he said. "I mean, that's the risk that we're going to face now because of this happening."

Schulte told the station that after someone shot through the windows of his Dallas offices in November, he began to carry a gun more often.
 

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Investigators are unsure if the death of the Assistant DA and the death of the DA and his wife are connected.

At this time both are being investigated. KETK will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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UPDATE: CNN has just sent out an update on how Kaufman County will go about with public officials in the following weeks.

"We are taking precautions to protect elected officials in the county," Kaufman County, Texas, Sheriff David Byrnes said at a news conference Sunday after District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead Saturday in their home .

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UPDATE:

This is a report from CNN:

Two months ago, a Texas district attorney vowed to put away the "scum" who had killed one of his top deputies.

Now, the district attorney and his wife are dead. And authorities aren't sure whether their killings are part of a broader scheme targeting criminal justice officials.

The bodies of Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found Saturday in their home in Kaufman County, east of Dallas.

"I don't know of anyone who would want to cause him harm," Kaufman city Mayor William Fortner said. "As far as I could tell, he was doing a really good job as a district attorney."

Fortner said police are taking "extra precautions" to try to ensure no one else is targeted.

"We lost some important people, and we hope the killers are caught before any more people are lost," he said.

A law enforcement official told The Dallas Morning News that a door was apparently kicked in, and "there are shell casings everywhere."

Authorities have not identified a suspect. Nor are they sure whether the deaths are related to the killing of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed on his way to work in January.

The county sheriff's office brought in the FBI and the Texas Rangers to help with the investigation.

McLelland was an Army veteran who later earned a master's in psychology and became a psychologist for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the district attorney's website said.

He was raised in the small town of Wortham, Texas, where his parents had a ranch. He joined the Army after attending the University of Texas and spent 23 years in the service.

He later earned his law degree and practiced as a defense attorney and mental health judge for 18 years before becoming the county's district attorney in 2010.

McLelland and his wife leave behind two daughters and three sons. One son is a Dallas police officer.

Another top prosecutor slain

The McLellands were killed almost exactly two months after Hasse was shot to death in broad daylight outside the county courthouse on January 31.

Hasse had feared for his life and carried a gun to work, said a Dallas attorney who described herself as his longtime friend.

Colleen A. Dunbar said she spoke with Hasse on January 24. She said the prosecutor told her he began carrying a gun in and out of the county courthouse daily.

"He told me he would use a different exit every day because he was fearful for his life," Dunbar told CNN.

She said that Hasse gave no specifics on why he felt threatened -- only that he did.

McLelland called Hasse "a stellar prosecutor" who knew that threats were part of the job.

He vowed after Hasse's slaying to put away the "scum" who killed his deputy.

"I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we're very confident that we're going to find you," McLelland told reporters.

"We're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."
 

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Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead in their home Saturday night, according to the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators tell KETK, they are not releasing any additional information about the deaths at this time. 

In January, Kauffman County assistant district attorney, Mark Hasse, 58, was attacked and shot multiple times in the parking lot of the courthouse. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.


Click here to read KETK's report on Mark Hasse's death.


It is unclear at this time whether the deaths are connected.

KETK will be sure to post additional information as it becomes available.

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Funny how you idiots know who did it even before the cops know who did it. You parrot the media, an anti-Anglo hate group, and pretend you're being intuitive. There will come a time when we know, but until then, let zio-media and the entitlement class make their bigoted accusations while we take note. And by the way, Paul at least has a correlation, the rest of you just parrots except Don who is still counting on his fingers and toes.

It could be a Mexican cartel but it sure sounds more like the Aryan Brotherhood.
It could be a deranged lunatic.
If it's a cartel or the AB, it will take a deal with an informant to bring it to light.
I agree the border situation is pretty bad. It poses a greater threat than Iraq ever did.

This tragedy is the direct result of Obama's dereliction of our borders. His abject failure to even TRY to defend them. From day one he has done his best to open them to the terrorist, cartels, murders, robbers, and just anyone who decides they want into our country.

See it turns out both were shot to death. Yes murdered in their own home by, no doubt, professionals. Same ones that killed the assistant DA.

So you can thank Obama and Napolitano. They just want votes, even cartel votes.

Are you stupid deaf DUMB and blind? This case has nothing to do with President Obama Napolitano terrorist cartels those who just want into our country or our borders. If this case is linked to the murder of the assistant DA, you can tank Rick Perry and the republicanTexasLegislature & how they have dropped the ball on dealing with TEXAS PRISON GANGS WHO ARE RACIST just like Rep. Don Young R-Alaska. The prison Gang that is suspected in the murder of the assistant DA is the Aaron Brotherhood of TX

The Aaron Brotherhood of TX is for WHITE people ONLY.

My God, you're too stupid to even spell it right; "Aryan". Here's another heads-up for you, the Black Panthers is for Blacks Only. I may be giving dust a bad name when I say you're dumber than dirt.

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