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Family Friends Found Body Of District Attorney’s Wife & Called 911

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Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland (credit: Kaufman County District Attorney's Office)

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland (credit: Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office)

KAUFMAN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Two days after the bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found and the investigation into their murders began, the sheriffs department has re-opened Blarney Stone Way.

The McLelland home is still a very active police scene and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department still has their mobile command post there.  The Texas Rangers are seeking access to the couple’s cell phone records as well as data from the cell towers near their home.  Phones pinging those towers could tell investigators who was in the area.

A search warrant obtained by CBS 11 News reveals that family friends found the McLellands dead inside their home after several failed attempts to get in touch with the couple earlier that day.  Family members last spoke to the McLellands by phone the day before.

The warrant also states both victims were shot multiple times and shell casings were found inside the residence near both bodies.

Mike Griffith says he heard multiple gunshots around 3 or 4 o’clock Saturday morning from his house — which is behind the McLelland’s.  Sources say the gun used is a semi-automatic similar to an AR-15.  Griffith says, “There’s no mistaking that sound. It kind of struck me as odd, so many shots and loud.”

One neighbor told CBS 11 News that after assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was killed, McLelland’s wife was afraid that Hasse wouldn’t be the only one murdered.

Neighbor David Crone, who lives right next door to the McLelland home, said he spoke with Cynthia McLelland after Mark Hasse was murdered. “She made the statement to me that she didn’t think that would be all the killings with the guy over there. And I said what about Mike? [Do] you think he’ll be safe? And she said, ‘Yeah, I’m not really worried about Mike.’ So that in the long run didn’t prove to be true.”

ATF agents are studying evidence inside the house where the couple was shot and killed over the weekend. Yellow crime scene tape remains around the home.

Crone said the shootings are very upsetting. “Who’s got the nerve to do it?  What type of person would go in and take two lives and walk out?”

FBI agents are meeting with officials inside the Kaufman County Courthouse in their effort to track down the person or persons who killed the McLellands and Assistant DA Hasse, who was gunned down on the morning of January 31 as he walked from a parking area to the courthouse.

CBS 11 has learned that a close family friend and his wife had tried calling the McLellands all day Saturday. When they didn’t receive a phone call or text message back, they went to the house, found the door open, discovered Mrs. McLelland’s body and called 911.

Crone said he was at home late Friday night and early Saturday morning, when the shootings are believed to have happened, but didn’t hear anything.

Monday afternoon, the couple’s bodies were transported from the morgue in Dallas to a funeral home ahead of a public memorial later this week.  The memorial scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. will be held at Sunnyvale First Baptist in Mesquite.

Visitation is scheduled for later that night at First Baptist in Wortham, where Mike McLelland grew up.  Funeral services will also be held there Friday morning at 10.

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