Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 30, 2013

Kaufman County DA, wife found shot to death


From Wire and Kaufman Herald reports

KAUFMAN — A sheriff's deputy says authorities are investigating the deaths of a North Texas county district attorney and his wife who were found dead in a home.

Kaufman County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis said Saturday that the county District Attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in a home in an unincorporated part of the county. Authorities have blocked off the street where the couple's last known address is located.

Lewis said he couldn't discuss the investigation in further detail, including how the couple died and whether investigators believe their deaths are linked to the Jan. 31 slaying of an assistant Kaufman County district attorney, Mark Hasse.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Kaufman Police Chief Chris Albaugh confirmed the couple was shot at their home.

Former Daily Sun staffer Loyd Cook, now a reporter with the Kaufman Herald, broke the story about 8 p.m. Saturday.

An excerpt from Cook's website story:

Two sources relayed the initial shooting information to The Herald, later confirmed by Kaufman Police Department Chief Chris Aulbaugh this evening.

"Your tips are true," Aulbaugh said in a short telephone interview just minutes ago. "The (Kaufman County) sheriff's office and (Texas) Rangers are working it now ... they're working the scene."

Aulbaugh said law enforcement officials will be looking at the latest shooting to see if it is related to the murder of Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse.

Hasse was shot and killed on Jan. 31 as he walked from a county-owned parking lot to the courthouse, to begin his day at work as a prosecutor in McLelland's office.

Aulbaugh said the location of the home, in an unincorporated area of the county, will place the crime under the jurisdiction of the sheriff's office.

It has been reported that the Dallas and Denver offices of the FBI have been comparing the Hasse shooting to that of Tom Clements, executive director of Colorado prisons. He was shot and killed as he answered the front door of his home on March 19

The killing of Clements has been linked to Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, who died in a shootout with Texas deputies last week near Decatur, Texas. Colorado authorities said the same gun Ebel used in the shootout was the one used to kill Clements.

Source: Kaufman Herald website

NBC 5 News reported Saturday night that McLelland was from Wortham, and had attended Navarro College and UT Austin.

He and his wife, Cynthia, had five grown children, including one who is a Dallas Police officer.

WFAA reported FBI and U.S. Marshals had joined Kaufman County and Forney investigators in the probe into the McLelland's shooting. The station also quoted unnamed sources as saying the front door to the McLelland's home had been "kicked in."

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.