Was there a link between Texas and Colorado murders?
Kaufmann County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia Woodward were found dead in their home Saturday evening, only months after McLelland's assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death in a parking lot near his office. Authorities are currently investigating a possible link between these shooting deaths and the murder of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, who was shot in his home less than two weeks ago.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told The Dallas Morning News that investigators didn't know if McLelland and Woodward's deaths were related to Hasse's killing, but they couldn't discount it. "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," Aulbaugh said.
The three cases have prompted a multiagency manhunt, including the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the Texas Rangers, Colorado Springs law enforcement and the FBI. “Because we have to treat it as related [to the Hasse investigation], we’ll be working side by side again,” Aulbaugh told The Dallas Morning News.