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March 31, 2013

Slain Kaufman County DA had armed himself

 

KAUFMAN — Kaufman County's sheriff confirms that the district attorney and his wife were shot and killed.
 
Sheriff David Byrnes told reporters Sunday that authorities found Mike McLelland and his wife shot at their home Saturday night.
 
Authorities have given no motive for the attack in their home just outside the town of Forney, about 20 miles from Dallas.
 
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland took no chances after one of his assistant prosecutors was assassinated two months ago. McLelland said he carried a gun everywhere he went and took extra care when answering the door at his home.
 
"I'm ahead of everybody else because, basically, I'm a soldier," the 23-year Army veteran boasted in an interview less than two weeks ago.
 
On Saturday, he and his wife were found dead in their home just outside the town of Forney, about 20 miles from Dallas, killed in an attack for which authorities have given no motive.
 
"Everybody's a little on edge and a little shocked," Forney Mayor Darren Rozell said. "It appears this was not a random act."
 
The killings came less than two weeks after Colorado's prison chief was gunned down at his front door by a white-supremacist ex-convict, and two months after Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death in a parking lot a block from his office Jan. 31. No arrests have been made in Hasse's slaying.
 
Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told The Dallas Morning News that the McLellands had been shot. As for whether their deaths were related to Hasse's slaying, the police chief said: "Until we know what happened, I really can't confirm that it's related, but you always have to assume until it's proven otherwise."

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