Some residents are concerned that if a gang was responsible for the brutal murders of two Kaufman County prosecutors within the last two months that the group was hired by someone else to take out the the district attorney and one of his assistants, according to a confidential source today, Tuesday, April 9.
The trail of violence began at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 in this rural community when Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse exited his vehicle in the Kaufman County Courthouse parking lot. As Hasse headed for work he was confronted by an individual “dressed from head to toe in black”, according to a witness. The unknown man then pulled out a gun and shot Hasse to death in broad daylight.
The unprecedented violence against prosecutors continued March 31 when District Attorney Mark McLelland and wife Cynthia were slaughtered execution-style in their own home near Forney, also located in Kaufman County, Texas.
While the name Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has been prominently mentioned as possibly being involved in the murders by news media and law enforcement sources, some people near Forney say they have heard the ABT is known to be in the murder-for-hire business. In other words, they fear that someone else who hired the ABT may actually be the architect of the murders of law enforcement attorneys.
Whether the true architect or architects are from inside the United States or another country was not made clear, according to confidential sources.
McLelland’s son today went on national television and said he thought domestic terrorists were involved and that law enforcement better get ready for possible future activity by them.
There has so far been no evidence to link the ABT to the killings, according to law enforcement, other than a warning issued to district attorney offices last December that the Brotherhood was planning to retaliate against those who prosecuted members of the Aryan Brotherhood. Rob Kepple, executive director for Texas District and County Attorneys Association, recently mentioned that his office had received such a warning, although he felt it was too early to determine who was actually responsible for the reprehensible murders.
Whether or not these killings have been a part of rumored retaliation remains to be seen. However, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston has taken it seriously. He was initially named the lead prosecutor against several Aryan Brotherhood members. He has now withdrawn from the cases, sending an e-mail to all defense attorneys as to what he was doing.
The same day Hasse was taken out in Kaufman County, a prominent member of the Aryan Brotherhood was sentenced to prison in Houston.
McLelland reported that his office took a big chunk out of the Aryan Brotherhood in the past year.
Brandi Fernandez, who is serving as Interim District Attorney following McLelland’s tragic death, is under 24-hour protection to prevent the third assassination of a prosecutor in Kaufman County. Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to appoint a permanent replacement for McLelland within 21 days.
There have been no arrest yet made in any of these cases, although Perry has announced a total reward of $200,000 for anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the murderer.
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