Perry announces $100K reward to find killers

Perry announces $100K reward to find killers

Kaufman County south of Dallas has been rocked by three killings. The counties District Attorney and his wife were shot to death over the weekend. Kaufman County's Assistant DA was shot back in January.

Governor Perry is taking an active role in McClelland's death and he was in the Dallas area Thursday on a twofold mission. One to pay his respects and two to entice anyone with information on these killings to come forward.

Some 200 miles away from Kaufman, flags at the Capitol were at half-staff to remember Mike McClennan. It was only a few weeks ago, McClennan was honored at the Capitol for his service.

Thursday, McClelland was taken by hearse to a service outside Dallas.

Thousands packed a church in Sunnyvale. Law enforcement, public officials, family and friends paid their respects.

"When Cynthia told you she loved you she loved you with every ounce of her being," said Leah Phillips, a family friend.

Saturday, McClelland and his wife Cynthia were gunned down in their home. McClelland is the second Kaufman County official to be killed in a span of eight weeks.

"And I want to emphasize this is an active investigation," said Kaufman County Sheriff David Burns on Monday.

Nothing has changed in this investigation that includes local, state and federal agencies plus the FBI and ATF.

"These are heinous crimes that have not only affected Texans but people across the country who respect the rule of law," said Governor Perry.

Governor Perry was in Kaufman addressing the matter with media. Perry issued a warning.

"Regardless the criminals responsible for these murders will be caught and will be convicted and will pay the price for these horrific crimes," said Perry.

"We appreciate the extra special effort the State of Texas has placed toward finding the killers of the folks that worked here in our building," said Kaufman Judge Bruce Wood.

So far investigators have been mum about any solid leads. So to sweeten it Governor Perry and the state is offering a sizeable reward to find those responsible.

"I'm announcing our office is offering a cash reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the capture and indictment of those responsible for the deaths of Mr. and Ms. McClelland and Mr. Hassee," Perry said.

The governor's reference to Mr. Hassee is Mark Hassee. He was Kaufman County's Assistant DA. He was gunned down while in his car in the parking lot of the courthouse back in January. So far investigators aren't saying if the two killings are linked.

Online:

http://kaufmancountycrimestoppers.org/crimeoftheweek.aspx

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