TODAY   |  April 03, 2013

Tex. authorities expand DA murder investigation

After Kaufman County district attorney Mike McClelland and his wife were found shot to death on Saturday, authorities are widening their search for the killer, looking into possible ties to local cases the DA’s office prosecuted. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez.

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>> investigation of that texas district attorney and his wife is now expanding and for the first time, we're hearing from one of the people questioned by police. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest from kaufman, texas. gabe, good morning.

>> reporter: natalie, good morning. it's part of a wide ranging investigation that has so far seen theories of a white supremacist gang and drug cartels . authorities are aggressively looking into local cases the d.a.'s office had prosecuted. today, kaufman county is still on edge.

>> our office is frightened and scared of what's going on.

>> reporter: now we're learning that investigators are scrutinizing anyone who may have held a grudge against d.a. mike mclelland. he and his wife were found shot to death saturday, two months after his chief prosecutor was assassinated. among these questioned is eric williams a former justice of the peace, he lost his job last year when he was convicted of taking three computer monitors from a county building.

>> did a gun residue test, i gave them my cell phones so they could take all the information they wanted.

>> reporter: he's appealing his conviction but denies making any threats and says he holds no grudges.

>> my heartfelt condolences go out to the mclelland family and the hasse family because they were in public office doing the right thing, and for some reason, that we're not aware of, paid the ultimate price for that.

>> reporter: as kaufman county employees report for work this morning again escorted by armed guards investigators aren't ruling anything out.

>> i'm optimistic that there are literally hundreds of people that are working on this case.

>> reporter: meanwhile a public memorial is scheduled for the d.a. and his wife tomorrow. natalie?

>> gabe gutierrez in kaufman, texas, thanks.