We begin with a breaking news in the murder of Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia that and fears that this killing could be part of a wider plot .
Mr. McLelland was district attorney for Kaufman County, Texas.
That's just south east of Dallas.
Gary Touchman is there with the very latest dawn on what a search warrant reveals who might have been involved in this possibly possibly a brutal white supremacist gang.
What are you learning, Gary?
Well, we just looked at the search warrant that we used for investigators to go into the McLelland's house and what they say is that both victims were shot several times and many rifle casings were found by their bodies.
They also say the bodies were found Saturday night, 2 nights ago, at 6:45 pm.
But it appears they were killed before then,
because friends were trying to call them on Friday night were worried that nobody were answering,
so they could have been killed up to 24 hours before their bodies were found.
What's happened here has terrified and mystified this community.
FBI investigators marched into the district attorney's office space in Texas Kaufman County Courthouse,
another ominous scene in a nightmare that has occurred in this small county.
The murders of district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia this weekend and the killing of one of McLelland's assistant district attorney 2 months earlier is causing grave concern here and throughout the state of Texas.
I suggest everyone should be careful about what goes on whether they are public officials or otherwise.
The saddening is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life,
particularly those who deal with some very mean and vicious individuals whether they are white supremacy groups or whether they are the drug cartels that we have.
As of now, it's not known who's responsible for the killings but it is certainly assumed they are related.
In December, the state of Texas issued a warning.
High ranking leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood had delivered orders to inflict mass casualties of death on Texas law enforcement officials involved in indicting 34 of their members some months earlier.
On January 31th of this year, just about a month after that warning,
a hard-working respected prosecutor here in Kaufman County, Texas parked his car in this lot.
Mark Hasse was going to work at the courthouse about a block away.
After he stepped out of his car, one or two masked gunmen stepped out of another vehicle.
Mark Hasse was shot and killed.
The county's chief public defender Andrew Jordan ran to the parking lot minutes after the gun shots.
I got there roughly the same time, I believe, they did.
But he didn't know who the victim was yet, then he found out it was Mark Hasse who he was supposed to see in court only minutes later.
He and I had a case that we had spoken about the day before that we had an agreed resolution on it.
We were going to meet in court at 9 o'clock in the morning to finalize the plea.
That same day, Hasse's now deceased boss Mike McLelland issued these forceful words.
I hope that the people who did this are watching,
because we are very confident that we are gonna find you,
we are gonna pull you out of whatever hole you are in,
we are gonna bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extreme of the law.
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