Judge: Targeting of DA, assistant DA 'unbelievable'

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by REBECCA LOPEZ / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 12:33 PM

KAUFMAN - Armed officers escorted workers into the Kaufman County Courthouse as they returned to work Monday morning following the shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, Saturday night at their home.

The fatal shootings took place two months after Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was fatally shot outside the Kaufman County Courthouse.

In a news conference Monday morning, Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said it felt surreal when he received news from the sheriff Saturday night that Mr. and Mrs. McLelland were found dead in their home.

"We're still in shock," he said. "I guess that's the best way to describe our feelings about this latest incident. I've searched all weekend to think of the right word to describe and I can't come up with a single word. 'Unbelievable, this really didn't happen,' but it did. This whole thing is shocking to all of us." 

Wood said several county officials are under authority protection as the investigation is under way.

"We're very much on alert," he said. "We obviously have some folks that are out to do harm to elected officials."

 

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