Mike McLelland, the suburban Dallas district attorney who promised to prosecute those who killed co-worker and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in January, was himself killed yesterday along with his wife, Cynthia, according to news reports.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department is holding a news conference at 1 p.m. local time on the slayings.
Officials are speculating that the killing of the McLellands in their home near Forney, Texas, is related to the shooting of Hasse, who was killed Jan. 31 near his car near the Kaufman County Courthouse.
It “appears to be a targeted act” on the McLellands, Forney Mayor Darren Rozell told The Dallas Morning News. The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statewide bulletin in December warning that the Aryan Brotherhood was “actively planning retaliation against law enforcement officials” that helped indict members of the group in Houston, the Morning News said.
McLelland, 63, had vowed to find the people who killed Hasse during a press conference after a Feb. 9 memorial service for the assistant district attorney.
“We’re going to pull you out of whatever hole you’re in,” McLelland said during the televised event. “We’re going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. Anything that you people can do to accelerate getting our hands on this scum will be appreciated.”
Kaufman County, a mostly rural area southeast of Dallas, has about 106,000 residents. The McLellands lived about 26 miles east of Dallas near Forney in a home with a publicly listed address.
Cynthia McLelland was 65 and worked as a psychiatric nurse at Terrell State Hospital, according to the Morning News.