The murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, coming on the heels of the brazen murder of that county's Assistant DA, Mark Hasse, has law enforcement in Texas on edge, according to CNN.
Kaufman County prosecutors murdered
McLelland, the District Attorney for Kaufman County, near Dallas, and his wife were murdered over the weekend by unknown intruders who shot the two to death in their home in the suburban Dallas neighborhood of Forney. The shell casings of a .223 caliber rifle were found at the scene. The double murder took place two months after Heese was gunned down in the parking lot across from the Kaufman County courthouse, as reported by CBS News at the time. Texas law enforcement officers are investigating whether the two killings are linked as well as any relation they might have with the murder of a Colorado prison chief by a white supremacist. The FBI and the ATF are aiding in the investigation. Theories that the killings may be part of a terrorist campaign against prosecutors have caused the Texas law enforcement community to take precautions to protect other court officials.
The Aryan Brotherhood theory
One early theory is that a prison based gang called the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas may be involved in the killings. McLelland was involved in the indictment of a number of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas members, including four of its senior leadership, on racketeering charges. A profile of the gang by CNN reports that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, which is not affiliated with the national Aryan Brotherhood, has been blamed for at least 100 murders and 10 kidnappings. Beatings, fire bombings, and drug trafficking are also standard operating procedure for the ABT, which seems to be as much a criminal enterprise as it is a white supremacist gang. There is no direct proof that the ABT was involved in the murders of McLelland and his wife and Hasse, however.
The Mexican drug cartel -- or someone else
Another theory, according to CNN, is that a Mexican drug cartel may be involved in the killings. This theory has been popularized by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Quoting a story by the Associated Press, Limbaugh suggested that the drug cartels may be targeting American prosecutors for assassination just as they have judges and law enforcement officers in Mexico. Law enforcement officers quoted by CNN suggest that the Mexican drug cartel is a possible suspect, as well as local meth lab operators or even someone with a personal grudge.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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