Reporting Andrea Lucia
KAUFMAN (CBSDFW.COM) – “Your services are no longer needed.”
Short and to the point, the title graced an e-mail sent Tuesday morning by the family of murder victim, Cynthia McLelland, to US Honor Network president Chris Heisler.
Heisler had brought the US Honor Flag to Kaufman County to memorialize McLelland and her husband Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland after the couple was found shot to death in their home two weeks ago.
Heisler, however, became increasingly involved, speaking on behalf of the family, criticizing law enforcement, and attempting to raise reward money.
According to the e-mail, McLelland’s family chose to end their relationship with him “in light of the past few days of press releases without us looking at them before they were released for publication.”
“This is not the Brady Bunch,” said Heisler, who blamed the fallout on miscommunications within the family.
Heisler was noticeably absent from a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, as the US Honor Flag came down from its perch on the flagpole outside the Kaufman County Courthouse, following a 24 hour vigil for the McLellands.
At home in Keller, Heisler said his work in Kaufman County has been completed.
“It’s just time for me to step back, focus on my health and take care of heroes,” he said.
Monday night, Heisler also received an e-mail from state representative Lance Gooden, questioning his fundraising efforts. “Will 100% of those funds be turned over to Kaufman County CrimeStoppers…? How often….? I’m very concerned…” read the e-mail.
Representative Gooden also claimed CrimeStoppers’ efforts to reach Heisler had been unsuccessful.
“Getting a hold of Chris Heisler has not been a problem for anyone,” Heisler responded, expressing frustration over the state representative’s decision to release the e-mail publicly. “We’ve collected from that website $2 dollars. That’s the level of interest from the general public about contributing to this fund. So his concern about how money was going to be transferred or moved around is a moot issue,” said Heisler.
He said, he would be turning over those two dollars.
“I’ve got better things to do. I’ve got heroes to bury and people that need my services in other parts of the country,” said Heisler.
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