The shooting of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia and the earlier shooting of Assistant DA Mark Hasse may be the work of white supremacists.
Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes confirmed Sunday that the McLellands had been shot. As for whether their deaths were related to Hasse’s slaying, Byrnes said there was nothing to indicate that “for sure,” but declined to discuss it further during a news conference.
McLelland himself, in an Associated Press interview, raised the possibility that Hasse was gunned down by a white supremacist gang. McLelland, elected DA in 2010, said that Hasse hadn’t prosecuted any cases against white supremacists but that his office had handled several, and those gangs had a strong presence in the area.
“We put some real dents in the Aryan Brotherhood around here in the past year,” McLelland said after Colorado’s corrections director, Tom Clements, was shot to death March 19 when he answered the doorbell.