Released by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office:
The following is a release from the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office regarding the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. This information was provided by Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes at the press conference at 1:00 p.m. on March 31, 2013, at the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center. Additional information about the status of the courthouse is at the end of the release. No other live press conference is scheduled at this time, and any information to be released will be released via email press release.
On Saturday, March 30th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Kaufman County sheriff's deputies responded to a call in the 9300 block of Blarney Stone Way in an unincorporated area of Kaufman County. Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found deceased inside a residence. Both victims had been shot.
The crime scene continues to be processed and the investigation is in its beginning stages and is ongoing.
This is a joint investigation of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We emphasize that this is an active investigation and that official information regarding the investigation will come from the office of the Kaufman County Sheriff or his designee.
Numerous local, state, and federal agencies are providing assistance, including the Kaufman County Constables' offices, the Forney Police Department, the Kaufman Police Department, the Terrell Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the US Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and several other agencies in some capacity. Law enforcement officials are working to ensure the continued safety of the public, as well as to ensure the safety of our county and judicial employees.
If you have information to provide about the murder of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, please call Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-847-7522, or submit a tip online at www.kaufmancountycrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous.
In addition, the Kaufman County courthouse will be open for business; however, the District Attorney's Office will not be open. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office provides daily security at the courthouse facility, but there will be added visible exterior security and patrols by various local law enforcement agencies to help ensure the safety of the employees and the public.