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Grayson County steps up security after Kaufman DA, wife murdered


GRAYSON CO. -- First thing Monday morning, Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown began evaluating what additional security measures should be put into place at the courthouse following Saturday's murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia.

"It was too close to home," he said. "We've been briefed by the sheriff's office and by the local Texas rangers what has happened and what threats are out there."

The McLellands were gunned down inside their Kaufman home. Their deaths come two months after Kaufman County assistant prosecutor, Mark Hasse, was shot and killed outside the Kaufman County courthouse. No arrests have been made.

"It was troubling enough when the first killing happened but this is obviously an all out war on public officials," Brown said.

While authorities have not offered a motive or said if the crimes are connected, suspicions -- including those of Gov. Rick Perry -- are becoming centered on drug cartels or the white supremacist group, the Aryan Brotherhood.

"This, I think, is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life," Gov. Perry said. "Particularly, those who deal with some very mean and vicious individuals. Whether they're white supremacy groups or they're the drug cartels that we have."

As the case in Kaufman continues to unfold, Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown says his office will be reviewing past cases involving anyone that could pose a threat.

Brown says he's warning employees to be vigilant in their day-to-day lives. Permanent changes to security are also being considered.

Visitors to the courthouse in Sherman can expect to see increased scrutiny at security check points, and a staff on alert.

"We're evaluating everything," Brown said. "Security systems, arming ourselves, all these things are in play and we're evaluating it. Some of it costs money for taxpayers but it needs to happen if this is the way the game's going to be played in law enforcement."