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Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead

By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Mike McLelland (Photo Credit: kaufmancounty.net)

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Mike McLelland (Photo Credit: kaufmancounty.net)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A North Texas county district attorney and his wife were found dead in their home over the weekend, two months after one of his assistant district attorneys was shot to death in a parking lot a block from his office.

Law enforcement officials including local police, Texas Rangers, the Kaufman County sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents were investigating the deaths of county District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia; their bodies were found Saturday.

Officials are not revealing how the couple died and whether authorities believe their deaths are linked to the Jan. 31 fatal shooting of Mark Hasse who was an assistant Kaufman County district attorney. There was also no motive for the killings released at the time of this report.

After learning of the shooting of Hasse, McLelland reportedly took no chances with his life or the lives of his loved ones. He therefore reportedly carried a gun everywhere he went and took extra precautions throughout his daily life. On Saturday, he and his wife were found dead in their home just outside the town of Forney; Forney is a town that is located about 20 miles from Dallas.

Additional reports indicate that the FBI was checking to see if Hasse’s killing and the murder of his wife could be related to the March 19 killing of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, who was gunned down after answering the doorbell at his home.

Evan Spencer Ebel, a former Colorado inmate and known white supremacist, is believed to be the person authorities suspected of killing Clements as well as a pizza deliveryman two days earlier; Ebel was killed on March 21 during a shootout with Texas deputies about 100 miles from Kaufman.

Further reports indicate that McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were the parents of two daughters and three sons; one sonof the McLelland’s is a police officer in Dallas.

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