Texas DA's murder raises fears of wider plot

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FORNEY, Texas -- The murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife are especially frightening as their deaths follow the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse just two months ago.

It raises fears that their deaths could be part of a wider plot to target law enforcement officials.

We are expecting questions at a 10 a.m. news conference to focus on whether investigators have developed any links between the cases.

Hasse was shot and killed on January 31 as he walked from his car to the Kaufman County Courthouse on the town square in Kaufman. The case remains unsolved.

Investigators — including Mike McLelland — were poring over Hasse's old cases and looking into whether or not efforts to prosecute members of the Ayran Brotherhood white supremacist gang were connected.

To this date, nothing has materialized — at least no information has been released to the public.

McLelland minced no words in his determination to find the person or persons responsible for Hasse's death.

"I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we're very confident that we're going to find you," McLelland said shortly after his assistant was killed. "We're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in. And we're going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

McLelland said the death of Hasse was like losing a family member for many people in the community and in the district attorney's office.

And now they're dealing with this.

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