KAUFMAN, Tex. — The judge was on the phone. “Yep, I said I’ll do anything,” Bruce Wood told the person on the other end, rubbing his forehead. “They asked me to do a eulogy. I don’t know what I’m going to say.” Elsewhere in the Kaufman County Courthouse, a sheriff’s deputy was handing out bulletproof vests. “I brought the smallest one,” he said to a secretary, who stared at the khaki armor as he explained how to adjust the side straps should the need arise. “These have the neck for a female.” Outside, two armed guards
You can´t blame anyone in law enforcement for being scared in this area.If people can barge into someone´s house and murder two people,then disappear without a trace,it makes you think about how mortal you are.
I mean even if they caught these culprits,who´s going to be the DA to prosecute them? I don´t see many hands going up.
I still wonder why his wife opened the door - the DA was in his pajamas, she probably was as well, though I haven´t heard enough detail to know for certain. Unless you know someone well, who, in this environment they were faced with...killer on the loose attacking those in his office - WHY in God´s name would you open a door in any vulnerable state? We NEVER answer a pounding door or a doorbell unless we´re expecting someone and can see them. Way too many home invasions going on now. I really don´t want to shoot anyone in my house. If we´re this cautious, what happened here?
Someone they knew? But they left many shell casings galore, unlike the first ADA killing. Some things remain unanswered until they release more info, I guess. But it´s very puzzling.
#3, you may have read something I have not, but do we know she opened the front door? The officials are releasing very few real details up to now and I have read that her body was found near the front door, but nothing about how the intruder or intruders gained entry. Early reports were that the front door was kicked in. That apparently was false. Unless information has been released that she may have opened the front door, I think it´s possible that she was simply discovered in that area and killed or that she was attempting to flee and was shot. And has anyone read where his body was found? Was it in the bedroom, near the front door, somewhere else?
Kaufman is about 60 miles east of my house, but that´s close enough that we are devouring the news just as is everyone else.
Re #3 and #4, this is all I have seen on that possibility:
Law enforcement officials are wondering about that possibility because the prosecutor’s wife may have opened the front door of their house before shots were fired. The Kaufman County district attorney, Mike McLelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia, 65, died at their home near Forney last Saturday morning, possibly around 7 a.m. Ms. McLelland was found in her pajamas in the front of the house, and Mr. McLelland was found toward the rear.
Officials said that Mr. McLelland probably heard the first shot and ran to get a gun or to get away. The McLellands’ bodies were found later that day, by friends who got worried after not hearing from them.
How the assailant or assailants got into the house is an important piece of the puzzle. The McLellands had been very cautious of their surroundings and of strangers since one of Mr. McLelland’s top prosecutors, Mark E. Hasse, 57, was shot dead on Jan. 31 while walking to his courthouse office. In the weeks after Mr. Hasse’s killing, Mr. McLelland had told reporters that he had started carrying a gun everywhere. He also kept a number of firearms at his house.
Given Mr. McLelland’s caution, investigators believe that it was unlikely his wife would have opened the door for a stranger. Investigators are also looking into the possibility that the killer used some kind of trickery or deception to get inside.
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