DA Killed 2 Months After Assistant Gunned Down

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March 31 2013 12:50 PM

North Texas District Attorney Killed Two Months After One of His Assistants Was Gunned Down

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The bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found in their home Saturday

Kaufman County Criminal Disrict Attorney's Office

When Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death a block away from his office in late January, his boss, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland promised to put away the “scum” that was responsible for his death, reports CNN. On Saturday, McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in their home, located in an unincorporated area outside the city of Forney. Officials are still investigating a possible connection between the two deaths but “it appears this was not a random act,” Forney Mayor Darren Rovell tells the Associated Press.

McLelland had told the Associated Press two weeks ago he carried a gun with him wherever he went and was taking extra precautions about answering his front door.


A law enforcement official tells the Dallas Morning News there were “shell casings everywhere” at McLelland’s home, describing the act as “unprecedented” and “unbelievable.” A defense attorney in the county likened the events to the violence that is often seen in Mexico. “It looks like somebody is making a pretty concentrated effort to target the most important people in that office,” Eric Smenner said.

This post has been updated with new information since it was originally published.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.


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