Family of slain Kaufman County DA issues appeal

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by CARLA WADE

WFAA

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 6 at 7:55 PM

KELLER — A man who said he was speaking for the family of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland called for additional resources Saturday to find the person or persons who killed McLelland and his wife one week ago.

The appeal was issued by Chris Heisler of The Honor Network, who became friends with McLelland after the January 31 murder of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse.

Heisler also raised questions about what he described as inadequate security measures implemented in the wake of Hasse's death.

Heisler said the family wants someone quickly brought to justice, expressing concerns that the resources available to Kaufman County are being stretched thin.

"They are working hard. They are doing their jobs. They are doing a great job. But there are not that many of them," Heisler said. "So if you are going to put folks to secure officials, who's doing the investigation? Who's patrolling the streets? Who is keeping the rest of Kaufman County safe?"

The FBI has now taken the lead in the investigation of the McLelland and Hasse murder cases.

Lt. Justin Lewis, a spokesman for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, declined to comment on Heisler's remarks, saying he was unaware that Heisler was the official spokesman for the McLelland family.

Heisler said that prior to Mike McLelland's death, he had been worried about his employees not getting enough assistance and failing to feel secure.

"Anything can happen" if the district attorney and his wife can be shot in their home, Heisler said.

He added that the family is also asking state and local agencies to boost the current $200,000 reward for information about the murders.

A tip line has been established at 877-847-7522.

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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