Texas DA, wife killed two months after assistant DA’s murder

A Texas district attorney and his wife were found shot to death in their home Saturday two months after an assistant district attorney from the same office was murdered.

Texas D.A. Mike McClelland and wife, Cynthia
Kaufman County, Texas D.A. Mike McLelland and wife Cynthia
Photo Credit: TODAY

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland was shot several times, his wife Cynthia shot once in their north Texas home.

Local police and the FBI are now investigating whether the McLelland murders are related to the shooting death of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse outside the Kaufman County courthouse on Jan. 31.

Mark-Hasse-Kaufman County Assistant D.A.
Kaufman County, Texas Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse
Photo Credit: Dallas News

There may also be a connection to the recent murder of the head of Colorado Department of Corrections Tom Clements who was shot to death at his home on March 19. The suspect in Clements’ murder was a member of a white supremacist prison gang, the Dallas News reported.

According to multiple reports, including the Associated Press, McLelland was a Gulf War veteran who was taking extra personal security precautions after the murders of Hasse and Clements.

The Dallas News reported on a possible link of the Hasse murder to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. The article said:

In December, the Texas Department of Public Safety had issued a statewide bulletin warning that authorities had received “credible information” that the Aryan Brotherhood was “actively planning retaliation against law enforcement officials” who helped secure indictments in Houston against dozens of members, including the gang’s leadership.

The McLellands are survived by their five children, including one son who is a Dallas police officer, TODAY reported.

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