I was about three-quarters asleep when my phone rang at 11 p.m. on Saturday night. "The Kaufman County district attorney has been murdered," News Director Rick Hadley said. Wait, I thought, wasn't that a couple of months ago? The gravity of the story was immediately clear when Rick reminded me that January's killing was of the assistant district attorney. Someone, it seems, is targeting Kaufman County's prosecutors.
Within hours, theories were flying about prison gangs and hit lists. Some even suspect a connection with last month's murder of the head of the Colorado corrections system. It's likely that one or more of these theories will end up holding water. Maybe a combination of them; maybe none of them.
Understandably, the local, state and federal investigators looking into the Mark Hasse and Mike McLelland killings are holding their cards close to the vest for fear of tipping of the killer(s). And that's what's truly terrifying about the cases, whether they're connected or not: Someone with no regard for human life and no apparent fear of being caught is loose in the world.
We can all only hope that the person or people will be caught soon so that no one else gets hurt.