KAUFMAN (CBSDFW.COM)- Family members of slain Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, are speaking out. They believe after the killing of an assistant prosecutor in January that resources in the county were too thin to adquately protect their parents.
Two of Cynthia McLelland’s children, with Mike as their stepfather, had a family spokesman talk to reporters. He says they want answers immediately. Chris Heisler is better known as the founder of U.S. Honor Flag, which salutes slain military and law enforcement.
But speaking for Cynthia’s children, he said Kaufman County officials worked hard after Mark Hasse’s death. But there were too few of them to investigate the murder protect everyone, and Mike McLelland knew it. He said the children are “angry initially, furious now. The resources in Kaufman County are obviously very limited; Mike himself expressed this concern to his family and to his wife.”
Heisler said they want the FBI to take over investigating the three deaths.
“The family’s pretty much at the edge of its seat with some anger at this point that more was not being done,” he said.
He was also critical over the reward so far, saying it is too small.
“The reward money that’s out right now is $200,000. I think that’s insignificant.”
Heisler said he wants to see a million dollar reward to bring in an avalance of tips to identify the assassins. ”And to those idiots out there that have done this to Cynthia, to Mike, and to Mark…we’re coming for you,” he promised.
Christina Foreman, Cynthia’s daughter, who spoke at Thursday’s memorial, told CBS 11 that Heisler does speak on behalf of her and her brother. Amazingly, there were Facebook postings mocking the McLellands even during that service. Heisler had choice words for them, too. “I’ll put you in the same category as those that killed these people: you’re idiots.”
Reached by CBS 11 News, the Kaufman County Judge, Bruce Woods, said he’s generally on board with Heisler’s comments. The sheriff said he wants to review them before commenting himself.
On Sunday, Kaufman County Crime Stoppers responded to the controversy, asking if those who had been critical have actually come forwarded with a donation.
Sources told CBS 11 News the nature of the crime may be preventing people from donating to the reward fund.
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