FBI Hunts Texas DA's Killers as Probe Widens

Houston prosecutor goes under 24-hour protection

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 1, 2013 2:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Following a Texas district attorney's shocking assassination, dozens of FBI agents today joined the investigation while armed guards stood outside the Kaufman County Courthouse, CNN reports. Fears that a white supremacist gang is targeting law enforcement officials spread even to Houston, where the chief prosecutor has gone under 24-hour protection. Authorities are investigating links between the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse, and Colorado prison chief Tom Clements. In other developments:

  • A neighbor of the McLellands says he heard a possible attack happening early on Saturday. "It was five or six shots, one right after the other," he said.
  • While officials see links between the McLelland and Hasse killings, police recovered .223-caliber shell casings at the former but none at the latter, the New York Times reports. An official said Hasse's killer may have been a more experienced assassin from the same group.
  • More is emerging on the history of McLelland's office and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a "whites-only" prison gang. His prosecutors conducted a multi-year racketeering investigation that indicted 34 alleged Brotherhood members last year, including four leaders. A prosecutor called it a "devastating blow" and warned that the gang used violence against "those who ... pose a threat to the enterprise."

This undated photo taken from the Kaufman County, Texas, website shows Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.
This undated photo taken from the Kaufman County, Texas, website shows Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.   (AP Photo/Kaufman County)
Kaufman law enforcement officers patrol outside the county courthouse Monday, April 1, 2013, in Kaufman, Texas.
Kaufman law enforcement officers patrol outside the county courthouse Monday, April 1, 2013, in Kaufman, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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