In Kaufman County, Authorities Hunt for Killers as a Neighborhood Remains in Shock

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Investigators exit Mike McLelland's Forney home Monday, where he and his wife Cynthia were found shot to death Saturday evening..
Police had only just opened Blarney Stone Way in Forney Monday afternoon when this picture was taken. Satellite trucks were already stacked fender to fender for 100 yards or more, and cameramen were trained on the house ringed with yellow police tape, shooting B roll for the evening newscasts.

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There wasn't much to see, of course, in this flat, upper-middle class subdivision of brick homes, swingsets and pools. It looked like the neighborhood, with its young trees, had been dropped here not long after the grazing cattle were hauled off the pasture in a gooseneck trailer. Neighbors driving from their homes squeezed through the chute of news vans and photographers and tripods, but that was about it.

I knocked on Vanessa Hernandez's door. She lives across the street from Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, and she told me the same thing she'd told Lord-knows-how-many reporters who'd knocked on her door already: That the Friday night before their bodies were found among what WFAA reports were more than a dozen .223-caliber casings, storms were passing through. She didn't hear anything strange.

I watched investigators in straw cowboys hats file in and out of McLelland's home. Little information is coming out of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, the lead agency on the case. They've said they don't have any evidence linking the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a violent prison gang, to the murders.

But only two months have passed since McLelland's assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down in Kaufman's tidy little town square by men wearing masks and tactical vests as he walked to the courthouse. And it wasn't long before that when the Texas Department of Public Safety got word that ABT planned to "inflict mass casualties" in retaliation for the crackdown on its top leadership by federal, state and local authorities.

More than one ABT expert has said such brazen assassinations would be out of character -- that they wouldn't bring that kind of heat down on their ranks. But heat is exactly what these murders have brought. Not just from the authorities, either. All afternoon yesterday, microphone-wielding reporters stepped into the shops across from the courthouse and conducted man-on-the-street interviews along the sidewalk. Photographers angled their way around the square, eyeballing the bland, brick-and-glass courthouse and the memorial to Confederate soldiers. Satellite trucks and news vans -- local and network-- ringed the courthouse. The eyes of the nation are on Kaufman County, and it seems they will be for some time.


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hilllbillle
hilllbillle

most of the really bad violence that results from the 'war on drugs' has stayed south of the border. until now. it has been daily news that mexican cops, judges, and politicians are killed. the vicious drug dealers south of the border don't fear law enforcement. law enforcement fears them. the 'drug war'  has enriched/emboldened/empowered these animals. now they are here. if people here could just grow their own, or buy it at the store, these vicious animals would have a lot less $$$.  that money would stay here in our economy, not the drug cartels ever increasingly deep pockets.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Someone  had it in for the DA or His wife ..The question is who ? 


MiddleAgedMan
MiddleAgedMan

Too bad the McLelland residence didn't have a strengthened front door/entry...surely the house had a reinforced storm/panic room of some kind they might have reached before the forced entry. Given his profession and the recent construction of the home it makes some sense, no?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The gun fanatics have flooded our nation with firearms and now the chickens are coming home to roost.  Gun accidents and little children being killed in these accidents are substantially up this year.  It's a disgrace and you nuts should be ashamed.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

"More than one ABT expert has said such brazen assassinations would be out of character -- that they wouldn't bring that kind of heat down on their ranks" 

No Shit ! 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Another assassination over there on people who were armed puts to rest the claim that defending one's life is the best reason to get the nation armed to the teeth.  The Aryans are very easily able to get weapons of mass destruction at gun shows, then turn them on owners with legal gun ownership.  Another solution must be found that doesn't involve more and more firearms.

Notmadeomoney
Notmadeomoney

@MiddleAgedMan No.  Given this has never happened to a D.A. before, ever.  And storm/panic rooms are something that rich people play with; this house is nice but not rich.

director21
director21

@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzTobacco kills over 440,000 Americans every year. Alcohol kills about 60,000 Americans every year. According to the National Vital Statistics System, a division of the CDC, two-thirds of all gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides. In 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicide deaths, and 11,078 firearm-related homicide deaths in the United States.

On average, there are 44 American deaths related to tobacco and alcohol for every death by murder involving firearms. In 2009, there were just under 34,000 automobile deaths, a rate that is about 3:1 more than from firearms murders.

Together, tobacco, alcohol and automobiles kill about 48.5 Americans for every firearm murder.

By your logic, we should first take way tobacco, alcohol and automobiles before going after firearms. But, I somehow doubt you are going to let logic and facts get in the way of your nonsensical rant against firearms ownership.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz They could have done this with shotguns.  The guns are not so much the problem.  This state experienced no increase in gun issues with concealed carry.  We have to have limits on gov't, guns, drugs, prostitution, gambling, and abortion should all be legal.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz by your thinking....cars kill more people than guns....lets take those away too. SMH

director21
director21

@oakclifftownie You are assuming that ABT members are logical and have functioning brains. That may be assuming quite a lot!

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

if evil comes through your door, and you ain't armed, you got no chance whatsoever. zilch. zero. if you are armed, you may have some small chance. it don't make you bulletproof. it just gives you a chance. i'll take a really small really shitty chance over none at all every time, miss myrna.

Notmadeomoney
Notmadeomoney

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz And if we'd just ban all those methamphetamine shows, the Aryans wouldn't be able to sell meth for money to purchase their guns!

ScreamingWhitePeople
ScreamingWhitePeople

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

Kudos, Myrna. I still think you're the sole voice of decency, compassion and reason in the DO comments community.

Difficult to imagine many of the white people who cast hatred upon you and your opinions actually think they are 'Christians.'

Of course, these selfsame  'Christians' think Jesus Christ was a blue-eyed white man who supports the NRA, so it is easy to take their 'notions' with a tiny little grain of salt.

MiddleAgedMan
MiddleAgedMan

Really? Added to new construction its less than an in-ground pool. A small closet-size affair inst as expensive as you think. He surely had a decent enough income, DA salary, retired military, etc, to do so. @Notmadeomoney @MiddleAgedMan

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScreamingWhitePeople There are a lot of hardheads on this comment board.  Maybe they don't like the fact that I'm a Jew.  But, I love Jesus anyway, even though I may not believe he was the son of God.  Probably, TMI, but there you have it.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

It's clear just what I wrote.  Owning more and more guns does nothing for protection.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Oh.....and this one time @ a dart platform. i shoved a gun up my ass while i was holding a cat smoking a cigarette.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz So what you are saying is that you spent a couple of dozen words saying nothing at all?

Damn, now I feel like a fool for even writing that.  That's all you do.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Another one that can't read.  Where the hell did I proffer the word "improve"?

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