Texas Eyes Disgraced Official in DA Killings
Plus: Mike McLelland was shot at 20 times
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes, center, walks away after a news conference in Kaufman, Texas, on Sunday March 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

(Newser) – Investigators are zeroing in on a former official as they investigate the deaths of two Texas prosecutors. The fired local official had threatened victims Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse, insiders tell the Los Angeles Times. The unnamed person of interest was convicted two years ago of stealing public property and placed on probation; during the case, he threatened revenge on the prosecutors and said he'd burn down a lawyer's house, the official sources say. Investigators found guns at the fired official's house, including an assault rifle and survivalist materials.

His lawyer says he "strenuously" denies having issued any threats. Meanwhile, more details about McLelland's killing are emerging: The DA was fired at 20 times, though it's not clear how many bullets hit him, NBC News reports, per a federal source. His wife was shot once, the source says. That seems to conflict with an affidavit that earlier said both victims were shot multiple times. Meanwhile yesterday, a US prosecutor stepped down from a case against the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, which is also suspected in the murders of McLelland and Hasse.

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Apr 3, 2013 11:41 AM CDT
Keep your guns, come to texas. -Rick perry
Apr 3, 2013 10:43 AM CDT
Heaven forbid these cowards come to Arizona. They do their ungodly acts to look good in front of their Aryan peers. Alone, they are cowards afraid of their own shadow. Deadly acts of a coward. 1942
Apr 3, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
This is too funny...I thought the Aryan Brotherhood loved "white people?"