Deputy: Texas district attorney, wife found dead

Photo via AP: Mike McLelland

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) -- A sheriff's deputy said authorities are investigating the deaths of a North Texas county district attorney and his wife who were found dead in a home.

Kaufman County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis said Saturday that the county District Attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead in a home in an unincorporated part of the county.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh confirmed the couple was shot at their home.

Lewis said he couldn't discuss the investigation in further detail, including how the couple died and whether investigators believe their deaths are linked to the Jan. 31 slaying of an assistant Kaufman County district attorney, Mark Hasse. He was gunned down near the office.

Forney Mayor Darren Rozell, whose suburban Dallas city is nearest the slaying scene said the attacks do not appear to be at random. He said the attack "appears to be a targeted act" and is urging the 40,000 residents in the area to be calm.

Police, FBI agents, Texas Rangers and deputies are investigating.