Photo: TX District Attorney Mike McLelland Found Murdered
Texas District Attorney, Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found shot to dead in their home Saturday night. McLelland is Kaufman County’s district attorney. These killings are the third killings of Kaufman County officials this year – some believe they are all related.
These deaths come on the heals of the killing of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed on his way to his office, January 31st. Hasse was one of 12 attorneys on McLelland’s staff.
The couple was found dead inside their Forney residence. Apparently Mike McLelland was shot multiple times with an assault rifle and his wife shot once. Authorities believe 14 rounds were fired. A police officer friend came to check on them when he noticed their front door had been kicked opened, he then found the bodies.
Kaufman County is a north Texas county that is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It is made up of the cities of Kaufman, Forney, Terrell and Crandall. 18 percent of the population is Latino and they are the largest minority in the county.
Texas authorities are now ramping up security around all Kaufman County officials. The FBI will lead the investigation into all three murders.
The McLelland’s are survived by their five children.