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Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gunning down law enforcement officials

Kaufman County’s district attorney and his wife were found slain Saturday, raising fears that their deaths may be part of a plot that included the killing of one of the county’s assistant district attorneys in January.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh and other officials confirmed that Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, had been shot at their home near Forney.

Their deaths followed the Jan. 31 slaying of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

“It is a shock,” Aulbaugh said late Saturday. “It was a shock with Mark Hasse, and now you can just imagine the double shock. … Until we know what happened, I really can’t confirm that it’s related, but you always have to assume until it’s proven otherwise.”

Sources said early Sunday that surveillance cameras at the home offered authorities hope that video footage might help reveal who killed the McLellands.

Aulbaugh said that the Texas Rangers were helping with the investigation at the McLellands’ home in an unincorporated part of the county but that the sheriff’s department will be leading the investigation.

“Because we have to treat it as related [to the Hasse investigation], we’ll be working side by side again,” Aulbaugh said.

A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity described the scene at the McLellands’ home as an awful scene.

“There are shell casings everywhere,” the official said. “This is unprecedented. This is unbelievable. This is huge.”

There had been an early report that whoever had killed the McLellands had kicked in the door of the home, but later accounts indicated that was not the case.

A friend of the family reportedly entered the home to check on the couple after a family member was unable to contact them.

The discovery of the McLellands’ bodies spurred a massive response from law enforcement, including the FBI. While dozens of marked and unmarked vehicles patrolled the area, officers went door to door to interview neighbors.

Authorities worked quickly Saturday night to confirm that other employees in the Kaufman County district attorney’s office were safe, and they believed that everyone was accounted for. Security was being provided at the homes of others who authorities feared might be targets.

Eric Smenner, a Kaufman defense attorney, said the immediate police protection for the staff of the district attorney’s office was essential.

“They need to shut the office down for a while,” he said. “I think everybody there is a target. They’re not safe in the streets in downtown Kaufman. They’re not safe in their homes.”

He said the recent events reminded him of violence often seen in Mexico.

“It looks like somebody is making a pretty concentrated effort to target the most important people in that office,” he said.

Forney Mayor Darren Rozell said the attack on the McLellans "appears to be a targeted act," and he urged residents in the area to remain calm.

Some of the McLellands’ neighbors said they believed the couple may have been killed late Friday. Some thought they had heard loud noises then but had assumed what they heard was thunder from storms passing through the area.

The discovery of the bodies came as investigators were pursuing a variety of angles in the death of Hasse, 57.

He was shot to death as he walked from his car to the courthouse Jan. 31. Witnesses saw a dark brown or silver sedan, perhaps a Ford Taurus, fleeing the scene, and authorities soon issued a bulletin for two black-clad men who may have been wearing tactical vests.

After Colorado’s prisons chief was killed at his home March 19, the FBI began looking into whether that case could have any connections to Hasse’s death.

The suspect in the Colorado case, Evan Spencer Ebel, was a member of the white supremacist 211 prison gang, and federal authorities had been looking into whether the violent Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang was involved in Hasse’s death.

However, after police killed Ebel, 28, while he was trying to escape authorities March 21 in Decatur, officials said they had not found any connections between him and the Hasse

by Anonymousreply 1504/02/2013

Doesn't this type of stuff happen in Texas all the time?

It is Texas after all.

by Anonymousreply 103/31/2013

Not really, R1. The murder of two district attorneys within such a short time frame is unprecedented in modern times, AFAIK. Also, the Aryan Brotherhood has much more of a presence in other states.

by Anonymousreply 203/31/2013

[quote] Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gunning down law enforcement officials

[quote]However, after police killed Ebel, 28, while he was trying to escape authorities March 21 in Decatur, officials said they had not found any connections between him and the Hasse slaying.

OP, you seem to be jumping to conclusions.

If we're just going to speculate, isn't this is more the style of Mexican cartels, as in intimidation of law enforcemnt spreading north.

by Anonymousreply 303/31/2013

If you ask me, drones should be used to hit Aryans. I would LOVE that and don't bother to tell me I'm wrong.

The whole situation should prove to THE PEOPLE that carrying around a gun saves no just gives people more opportunity to murder the innocent.

by Anonymousreply 403/31/2013

He had armed himself, to no avail. He suspected the Aryan Brotherhood in Hasse's death.

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland took no chances after one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down two months ago. McLelland said he carried a gun everywhere he went and was extra careful when answering the door at his home.

"I'm ahead of everybody else because, basically, I'm a soldier," the 23-year Army veteran said in an interview less than two weeks ago.

On Saturday, he and his wife were found shot to death in their rural home just outside the town of Forney, about 20 miles from Dallas. While investigators gave no motive for the killings, Forney Mayor Darren Rozell said: "It appears this was not a random act." "Everybody's a little on edge and a little shocked," he said.

The slayings came less than two weeks after Colorado's prison chief was shot to death at his front door, apparently by an ex-convict, and a couple of months after Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was killed in a parking lot a block from his courthouse office. No arrests have been made in Hasse's slaying Jan. 31.

McLelland, 63, is the 13th prosecutor killed in the U.S. since the National Association of District Attorneys began keeping count in the 1960s.

Sheriff David Byrnes would not give details Sunday of how the killings unfolded and said there was nothing to indicate for certain whether the DA's slaying was connected to Hasse's.

El Paso County, Colo., sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Joe Roybal said investigators had found no evidence so far connecting the Texas killings to the Colorado case, but added: "We're examining all possibilities."

Colorado's corrections director, Tom Clements, was killed March 19 when he answered the doorbell at his home outside Colorado Springs. Evan Spencer Ebel, a white supremacist and former Colorado inmate suspected of shooting Clements, died in a shootout with Texas deputies two days later about 100 miles from Kaufman.

McLelland himself, in an Associated Press interview shortly after the Colorado slaying, raised the possibility that Hasse was gunned down by a white supremacist gang.

The weekend slayings raised concerns for prosecutors across Texas, and some were taking extra security precautions. Byrnes said security would be increased at the courthouse in Kaufman but declined to say if or how other prosecutors in McLelland's office would be protected.

Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson said he accepted the sheriff's offer of 24-hour security for him and his family after learning about the slayings, mostly over concerns for his family's safety. Anderson said also would take precautions at his Houston office, the largest one in Texas, which has more than 270 prosecutors.

"I think district attorneys across Texas are still in a state of shock," Anderson said Sunday.

McLelland, elected DA in 2010, said his office had prosecuted several cases against racist gangs, who have a strong presence around Kaufman County, a mostly rural area dotted with subdivisions, with a population of about 104,000.

[bold]"We put some real dents in the Aryan Brotherhood around here in the past year," he said.[/bold]

In recent years, the DA's office also prosecuted a case in which a justice of the peace was found guilty of theft and burglary and another case in which a man was convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her 10-year-old daughter.

McLelland said he carried a gun everywhere, even to walk his dog around town, a bedroom community for the Dallas area. He figured assassins were more likely to try to attack him outside. He said he had warned all his employees to be constantly on the alert.

"The people in my line of work are going to have to get better at it," he said of dealing with the danger, "because they're going to need it more in the future."

The number of attacks on prosecutors, judges and senior law enforcement officers in the U.S. has spiked in the past three years,

by Anonymousreply 503/31/2013

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

by Anonymousreply 603/31/2013

This is really horrible.

by Anonymousreply 704/01/2013

[quote]If we're just going to speculate, isn't this is more the style of Mexican cartels, as in intimidation of law enforcemnt spreading north.

There's some hysterical freepers who hate Mexicans who came up with this "must be cartels" story.

by Anonymousreply 804/01/2013

These are people whose job entails carrying a gun and anticipating danger - and they're dead.

But yeah, I'm sure a grade school teacher in a low crime area or someone sitting in a dark theater getting ready to watch a movie are supposed to be prepared for someone walking in and taking them out.

NRA morons.

by Anonymousreply 904/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 1004/02/2013

This sounds like a Law & Order episode from 2002 titled "Open Season" where a right wing milita group was gunning down DAs.

by Anonymousreply 1104/02/2013

If it isn't "Mexican cartels" and it IS a domestic terror group, then it's difficult to feel sorry for Texans, in this instance.

I think it's horrible that these people have been killed. But they are victims not only of the murderers, but of Texas' toxic political and social climate. When Texas leaders walk around spouting traitorous "secession" statements, and that the United States government can't be trusted, then fringe groups like these will react. And they'll react when they perceive the government is trying to oppress them. Sometimes, this firstly comes as a result of law enforcement.

by Anonymousreply 1204/02/2013

Can't the FBI stop this?

by Anonymousreply 1304/02/2013


A. They can't stop it.

B. They can stop it, but choose not to.

by Anonymousreply 1404/02/2013

Remember when the GOP forced the DHS to stop studying the white supremacist terror threat?

by Anonymousreply 1504/02/2013
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