Second man accused of making threats against Kaufman prosecutors

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A 52-year-old Terrell man has been jailed for allegedly posting a threat against a prosecutor on a news website, the second such arrest made by Kaufman County authorities this week.

There is nothing, however, to link Robert Alan Miller to the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, or the fatal shooting of prosecutor Mark Hasse two months earlier, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon by the Kaufman County sheriff's office.

"During the course of the investigation into the murders of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, a threat against the safety of an assistant district attorney was posted on a news website via Mr. Miller's Facebook page," the release states. "That threat was investigated, leading to the arrest of Mr. Miller at his residence."

Miller was arrested Thursday and faces a charge of terrorist threat. No further details about the threat or investigation were released by the sheriff's office Friday.

The comments apparently in question had been posted on a television station's Facebook page, then later reposted on Miller's own Facebook page and as a comment on at least one other news station's websites. They were still posted on Miller's Facebook page as of Friday afternoon.

In the post, the author writes that there has been "no mistake or coincidence" in the slayings of the two district attorney officials and that he expects that another assistant district attorney "will soon perish, bringing closure to an era of unacceptable practices and allowing Kaufman County residents to move forward with liberty and justice."

The rant continues about rules that courthouse visitors must follow and about mistreatment faced by defendants and defense attorneys.

"Kaufman County prosecutors violently attack from start to finish. Actual guilt or innocence does not concern them. Winning the State's case is their only goal and justice takes the backseat. That alone is unfair, unjust, unAmerican, and ungodly," the post states.

The post ends: "They are now simply reaping what they have sown."

Earlier this week, sheriff's deputies arrested Nick Morale, 56, also of Terrell, for allegedly leaving several threatening messages on a tip line established after the McLellands' killing. Investigators said they don't believe Morale was involved in the slayings.

"Making threats against persons carry criminal penalties under both state and federal law," Friday's news release states. "When incidents such as this occur, resources that need to be dedicated to the investigation of the homicides of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, as well as Mark Hasse, must be diverted to investigate the threats.

"All threats will be taken seriously, investigated, and prosecuted in order to ensure the safety of citizens and our public officials."

Both Miller and Morale were being held in the Kaufman County Jail with bail set at $1 million.

Funeral and burial services were held Friday for the McLellands in the small central Texas town of Wortham

A $200,000 reward has been offered for information leading to their killers' conviction.

Anyone with information on the slayings of the McLellands or Hasse is asked to contact the Kaufman County Crimestoppers tip line at 877-TIPSKCC (847-7522) or online at KaufmanCountyCrimestoppers.org.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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