Kaufman sheriff declines to link DA's slaying with his assistant's

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KAUFMAN COUNTY -- Security will be heightened at the Kaufman County courthouse on Monday after the weekend murders of the district attorney and his wife, the sheriff said Sunday.

Sheriff David Byrnes told a group of reporters that additional deputies will be on hand Monday after the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, who were found shot to death Saturday at their home near Forney.

Byrnes declined to speculate on a motive in the killings or to connect them to the Jan. 31 shooting of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

"We have nothing indicating that for sure," Byrnes said at a news conference in the parking lot of the sheriff's department. "We are not going into any details because it's an ongoing investigation."

But he said authorities have considered that other Kaufman County officials might be targeted.

"Certainly, we're considering that, obviously," he said.

Byrnes declined to discuss any other extra security measures for Kaufman officials. He said investigators are conducting a crime-scene investigation at the McLellands' house in the Shamrock addition near Forney.

But it's clear that the death of two of the county's prosecutors is taking its toll.

"It's pretty obvious it's unnerving," Byrnes said.

Deputies were called to the McLellands' home about 6 p.m. Saturday. Investigators told reporters the door had been kicked in and the couple was shot with what is believed to be an assault rifle.

Officials have established a tip line at 877-847-7522 for anyone with information about the killings.

Domingo Ramirez, 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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