A TEXAS prosecutor and his wife were found dead in their house two months after one of his assistants was gunned down near their office, authorities have said.
Investigators found the bodies of Kaufman County district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, on Saturday,
Police, FBI agents, Texas Rangers and deputies have launched an investigation.
They are refusing to say how the couple were killed, though it has been confirmed they died in their house.
Assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was shot dead in a car park a block from his office on January. No arrests have been made so far.
Kaufman police chief Chris Aulbaugh said the McLellands had been shot in their home and although investigators did not know if their deaths were related to Mr Hasse’s killing, they could not discount it. He said: “It was a shock with Mark Hasse, and now you can just imagine the double shock, and until we know what happened, I really can’t confirm that it’s related, but you always have to assume until it’s proven otherwise.”
Sam Rosander, who lives in the same area of Kaufman County – just south of Dallas – as the McLellands, told how sheriff’s deputies were parked in the district attorney’s driveway for about a month after Mr Hasse was killed.
Mr McLelland graduated from the University of Texas before a 23-year career in the army, according to the website for the district attorney’s office.
He later earned his law degree from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
He and his wife have two daughters and three sons. One son is a police officer in Dallas.