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Perry Announces Reward In Finding Killers Of DA, Wife And Prosecutor

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) Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced a $100,000 reward to help find the party or parties responsible for the murders of a Dallas-area district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor.

Perry made the announcement Thursday in Kaufman with the hopes that the reward money will propel the investigation into the slayings of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland, Cynthia McLelland and Mark Hasse. There have been no arrests in connection with the murders.

Perry stated that the state of Texas is $100,000 for information that leads to the capture of those responsible for the killings and his announcement joins a similar reward offered by Kaufman County Crime Stoppers; Hasse was slain on January 31. District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia McLelland were found dead in their home last Saturday.

“Words cannot describe the shock and grief this community has suffered over the last several months. The criminals responsible for these murders will be caught, convicted and will pay the price for these horrific crimes,” Gov. Perry said. “I have full confidence that this investigation will lead to the conviction of whoever perpetrated these insidious crimes, and it is my hope and expectation that these rewards will help convince those who may be holding onto important information to come forward.”

A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday in remembrance of the McLelland couple who were found shot to death inside of their Dallas-area home. Hasse was fatally shot outside the county courthouse while arriving for work.

“Additionally, the FBI has launched billboards throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Mexico encouraging tipsters to contact Crime Stoppers with any information. Billboards have been donated by the Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas, which includes Clear Channel Outdoor and Lamar Advertising, with additional space donated by Fairway and CBS,” added officials with the FBI of Houston.

Anyone with information that could be helpful to investigators about these three crimes is urged to call Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-847-7522 or email anonymous information to Kaufman County Crime Stoppers by clicking here.

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