Kaufman County Murders Lead To Extra Security For Houston-Area Prosecutors

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike and Cynthia McLelland were shot to death in their home over the weekend. [May 2012/flickr/Don Johnson]
Law enforcement is beefing up security for prosecutors in Texas following the weekend killings of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife. Their deaths came two months after an assistant district attorney was gunned down in a parking lot near his courthouse office.
 

Authorities have been tight-lipped about their investigation into the latest killings in Kaufman County east of Dallas, but Texas prosecutors have confirmed they're taking extra precautions to better protect themselves and their staffs.

Sara Marie Kinney with Harris County DA Mike Anderson's office would only say that he has accepted the sheriff's offer of round-the-clock security for him and his family.

"There is a heightened sense of awareness because of the events in Kaufman County, but we deal with these bad guys every day in this building, and our prosecutors put these guys behind bars and their friends are mad every day. So they carry this with them often. Certainly, there is a heightened awareness of it now."

John Healey is the top prosecutor in Fort Bend County.

"I've worked with area law enforcement officials to develop a security plan for the employees of the Fort Bend County District Attorney's office, but I'm not about to go into the nature or the specifics of that plan, because to do so would compromise the safety it's intended to protect."

 Houston attorney Kim Ogg was a former gang prosecutor in Harris County. She says threats come with the territory.

"I think all prosecutors take very seriously, the notion that their families' lives and that their lives can be jeopardized by the work that they do, that when people make a living prosecuting criminals that anything can happen."

A spokesman for the Montgomery County DA Brett Ligon offered no comment on extra security measures now in place.

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