Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, Indicted by Feds, Eyed in Prosecutor Deaths


State and federal law enforcement authorities are looking for any connection between an indictment late last year against more than two dozen members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the shooting deaths of two prosecutors in Kaufman County, reports the National Law Journal. U.S. Justice Department officials in November announced racketeering conspiracy charges against 34 members of the white supremacist group, basing the case on alleged crimes–including fire bombings and murder–that spanned more than two decades. The whites-only Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has its roots in 1980s in the Texas prison system. The 17-count indictment, then-Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said during a press conference in Houston, represented “a devastating blow” to the organization, which he described as a “violent and highly structured criminal enterprise” operating throughout the state. District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were fatally shot in their house. The double-homicide followed the January 31 shooting of one of McLelland’s assistants, Mark Hasse, in a parking lot as he walked to his office. McLelland earlier told the Associated Press that white supremacists could be responsible for Hasse’s death.

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