Kaufman County district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death inside their Forney, Texas home on Saturday. Authorities are not yet sure if the murders are part of a plot targeting criminal justice officials.
Two months ago, one of McLelland’s top deputies was gunned down on his way to work. After Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was killed on Jan. 31, McLelland vowed to put away the “scum” who killed his colleague.
The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers have joined the investigation. There are currently no suspects in the case.
"I don't know of anyone who would want to cause him harm," Kaufman Mayor William Fortner said. "As far as I could tell, he was doing a really good job as a district attorney."
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Fortner said extra precautions are being taken by law enforcement to ensure no one else would be targeted.
"We lost some important people, and we hope the killers are caught before any more people are lost," Fortner said.
A law enforcement official told The Dallas Morning News that the McLelland's front door appeared to be kicked in and "there are shell casings everywhere."
A source told WFAA-TV that Cynthia McLelland was found in the front room by a police officer, who went to check on the couple Saturday night. Mike McLelland was found in the hallway, as though he tried to flee the shooter.
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Neighbors in the rural town were shocked by the crime. "We've lived here for years and we've never had anything like this happen before and for it to happen so close to home is very very scary," said neighbor Vanessa Hernandez.
Investigators from the Hasse murder were also on the scene at the McLelland home. Hasse was shot execution-style at 9 a.m., Jan. 31, by two unidentified assailants as he walked from his car to the courthouse in Kaufman, just outside of Dallas.
Dallas attorney and longtime friend, Colleen A. Dunbar, said she spoke with Hasse on Jan. 24. She claimed he feared for his life and began carrying a gun to work every day.
"He told me he would use a different exit every day because he was fearful for his life," Dunbar told CNN.
McLelland and his wife leave behind two daughters and three sons, one of which is a Dallas police officer.