Perry Announces $100K Reward to Find Kaufman Co. Killers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KAUFMAN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry has announced a $100,000 reward to help find the killers of a Dallas-area district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor.

Perry appeared Thursday in Kaufman to support the investigation into the slayings of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland, Cynthia McLelland and Mark Hasse. Nobody has been arrested.

Perry says Texas is a "law and order state" and officials will track down and punish the killers.

Perry's announcement of the state offering $100,000 matches a reward offered by Kaufman County Crime Stoppers after Hasse was slain Jan. 31.

Perry planned to attend a service Thursday afternoon at a church in suburban Dallas to remember the McLellands, who were found shot to death in their home last Saturday. Hasse was gunned down outside the county courthouse.

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KAUFMAN, Texas -- The prosecutor who has replaced the district attorney murdered in North Texas says her staff is "unnerved" but will continue to adhere to their oath to serve the community.

Interim District Attorney Brandi Fernandez said during a news conference Thursday attended by Gov. Rick Perry that the killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia have not slowed prosecution efforts by her office.

Fernandez says trials and the prosecution of cases have not been delayed by the statewide investigation into the shooting deaths Saturday of the McLellands at their home near Forney and the killing Jan. 31 of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Fernandez says she's proud of assistant prosecutors as they continue their work despite the killers remaining at large.


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