The bodies of Kaufman County DA and his wife were discovered at their home, which authorities say, that they were shot with an assault rifle.
By H. Nelson Goodson
March 31, 2013
Kaufman, Texas - On Saturday, the bodies of both Mike McLelland, 63, Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, 65, were discovered at their home. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Texas Rangers have launched a joined investigation into the homicides.
Kaufman Police Chief Chris Albaugh confirmed that police and the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office were also investigating the McLelland homicides. Apparently, the McLelland was shot multiple times with an assault rifle and his wife once. Investigators at the crime scene found multiple spent casings inside the home and no signs of forced entry was determined, according to the preliminary investigation report.
Federal authorities are trying to determine, if the McLelland murders are connected to last January 3, cold blooded homicide of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Hasse, 57, was gundown after parking his vehicle in the court annex parking lot and walked to the courthouse. Authorities suspect that two men connected to the Aryan Brotherhood group in the region had killed Hasse. Police have made no arrests in Hasse's homicide.
Authorities have added police portection for other Kaufman County DA's Office staff.
The McLelland's are survived by five children, two daughters and three sons, including a son, who is an officer with the Dallas Police Department.