North Texas DA, wife reportedly slain

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by JASON WHITELY / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 30 at 11:01 PM

DALLAS — Multiple sources tell KVUE's sister station that Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia have been found shot dead inside their Forney home.

Circumstances around the apparent double murder were not immediately clear Saturday night.

One source told WFAA the front door of the McLellands' 3,000 square foot residence was reportedly kicked in.

A neighbor told WFAA police were outside the house when she returned home around 9 p.m. Saturday. The neighbor said McLelland and his wife were friendly people.

The DA's death comes two months after McLelland's top prosecutor was shot and killed in a parking lot outside the Kaufman County Courthouse.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was murdered on January 31 on his way in to the courthouse. A task force of multiple local, state and federal agencies have investigated dozens of leads, but have so far been unable to develop any suspects in the Hasse murder.

McLelland vowed to hunt down Hasse's killer, and was confident that person would be brought to justice.

"He knows and I know there will be a reckoning," the DA said at Hasse's memorial service. "Too many people are focusing on that. That's not going to be a problem."

It is uncertain whether the Hasse murder in January is related to what happened Saturday to McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.

According to the district attorney's official biography, the McLellands have five children, one of whom is a Dallas police officer.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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