Kaufman County DA, wife, found dead in home

Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes made brief remarks Sunday about the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. Their bodies were found Saturday at their home.

"It's unnerving to the law enforcement community. It's unnerving to the community at large. And that's why we are striving to assure the community that we are still providing public safety."

Fox 4 has learned that there was no forced entry into the McLelland home and both victims were shot multiple times with an assault rifle.

The murders likely happened 24 hours before the bodies were found at house in the 9300 block of Blarney Stone Way in an unincorporated area of Kaufman County. Investigators have not said who discovered the bodies.

Investigators say they are looking into any possible connections to the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, a prosecutor who worked for McLelland, who was assassinated as he walked to the Kaufman County Courthouse from his car on January 31st.  

After the shooting McLelland told reporters, "We lost a really, really good man. We are going to find you. We are going to pull you out of whatever hole you are in and we are going to let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

He called Hasse a tiger for his ferocious work ethic and he refused to back down from prosecuting cases.

"We'll still make the walk and we'll still show up and we'll send bad guys out of Kaufman County every chance we get."

No arrests have been made in connection with Hasse's murder. And investigators are not confirming if there are any connections between the murders.

Byrnes did say security would be increased at the Kaufman County Courthouse but declined to say if or how other prosecutors in McLelland's office would be protected.

McLelland was raised in the small Texas town of Wortham, according to his biography on the county's web site.

He graduated from Wortham High School, attended Navarro Junior College, and University of Texas at Austin.

He served twenty three years in the military and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant.

He also received a Masters of Arts degree in counseling and psychology from Ball State University and later worked as a psychologist.

McLelland earned his law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth and practiced for 18 years.

His wife, Cynthia, was a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital in Terrell.

The couple is survived by their five children, including a son who is a Dallas police officer.

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