TODAY   |  March 31, 2013

DA, wife killed in Texas home

Mike McLelland, the Kaufman County District Attorney, and his wife Cynthia were found shot to death inside their home Saturday. The brutal double-murder comes nearly two months after his assistant was killed on his way to work. NBC’s Mark Schnyder reports.

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>>> we do begin with the story that broke overnight in texas. a district attorney and his wife shot to death in their home. mark schneider from our station kxas is outside the kaufman county sheriff's department. mark, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, erica . as soon as law enforcement realized who was killed, d.a. mike mclelland and his wife, they contacted all of the other staffers in the d.a.'s office to see if they were okay and accounted for, and they are. the sheriff's office has a lot of help. this is a top priority for the texas rangers and the fbi . we've got some video from the crime scene last night. the mchelllands' home in rural, unincorporated kaufman county . we have confirmed this is a double-murder and the front door to the couple's home was kicked in. it's unclear when the couple was killed, but a source tells us a friend or family member stopped by late yesterday after not hearing from the couple all day, and then they called police. mclelland was committed to bringing has assistant d.a., mark hasse's, killer to justice. here's what he said soon after his friend was shot and killed two months ago.

>> we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, and we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. as far as i know, this is never been done before. i do not want it to happen again.

>> reporter: now, law enforcement has yet to comment publicly on this latest shocking murder here in kaufman county , but we do expect to hear from the sheriff a little bit later this morning. we'll bring you the latest when we get it. erica ?

>> mark, as i understand, the fbi had looked at a possible link between that murder a couple of months ago and also the murder of the colorado prison chief, tom clements . is there any hint of a connection here?

>> reporter: they are still looking into that. it's interesting, because one of my colleagues talked to the d.a., mike mclelland, about a week ago about that connection. he said at that point, he didn't see it. but they weren't ruling anything out, and now that this has happened, you know the fbi , the texas rangers , they are looking at everything trying to bring these killers to justice. erica ?

>> yeah, all right, mark, thank you.

>>> now, here's peter.

>> all right, erica , thank you