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
This undated photo taken from the Kaufman County, Texas, website shows Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.   (AP Photo/Kaufman County)

(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."

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Apr 1, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
Not terribly surprising. When someone in the DAs office is threatened the first place you look is who they've been jailing.
Apr 1, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
See !! More reason to expand gun control; since it seems we can't handle CRIMINAL CONTROL !!!
Apr 1, 2013 3:13 PM CDT
The article I read said there was a lot of meth money involved, and it could have been either the Mexican cartels, or the 211 gang. But the odds are on the aryan 211 as the culprit. When gangs are being organized and run out of prisons, something is REALLY WRONG. So much for privatized prisons---how do we know that 211 sympathizers are not running the prison? I am beginning to reconsider the death penalty---sometimes putting someone in prison is still dangerous for the country.