Texas district attorney and wife found dead
A central Texas prosecutor and his wife were found killed in their house two months after one of his assistants was gunned down near their office.PT0M42S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2h20u 620 349 April 1, 2013
A Texas district attorney and his wife have been found dead in their home – the second murder of a US prosecutor in the same office in less than two months, sparking fears of a larger plot.
In January, Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse, 57, reportedly investigating the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood, was gunned down just outside a courthouse in a small Texan town.
It appears this was not a random act.Forney mayor Darren Rozell
On Saturday, the county's district attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, were found shot dead at their home.
Mike McLelland, centre, at the media conference in January at which he denounced the killers of Mark Hasse as "scum". Photo: AP
"It is a shock," Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told the Dallas Morning News.
"It was a shock with Mark Hasse, and now you can just imagine the double shock," he 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."
McLelland: Killed with his wife. Photo: Reuters
The newspaper reported that authorities were providing security at the homes of others who feared they could also be targeted.
"Everybody's a little on edge and a little shocked," Mayor Darren Rozell of Forney told Associated Press. "It appears this was not a random act."
After Mr Hasse's killing, Mr McLelland appeared alongside the county sheriff and the Kaufman police chief, vowing to find those responsible and referring to the suspect or suspects as "scum".
"I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," he told reporters.
A statewide bulletin in December said the Aryan Brotherhood – an organised crime syndicate – was "actively planning retaliation against law enforcement officials", the Morning News said.
In November, a federal grand jury in Houston indicted more than 30 senior leaders and other members of the whites-only gang on racketeering charges. The indictments stemmed from an investigation led by a multi-agency task force that included Kaufman County prosecutors and officials from three other district attorney's offices.
Authorities are also investigating whether Mr Hasse's shooting was linked to the killing of a Colorado prison chief on March 19.
The suspect in that shooting is Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, a white supremacist with a criminal history spanning a decade, who was shot and killed after a standoff with sheriff's deputies.
However, authorities have found no evidence tying Ebel to Mr Hasse's murder, the Dallas paper said.
AFP, New York Times