Those investigating the killings of two Texas prosecutors increasingly are focusing on the theory that whoever was responsible had a grudge against the district attorney's office and was either a defendant or affiliated with one, says the New York Times. Investigators are cooling to the notion that the shootings were the work of a prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, or of Mexican drug cartels, and focusing more on what officials described as “lone wolf” figures — defendants and people closer to the victims, including current or former county employees who work or used to work within the local courts.
It is possible that District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife might have known their attacker, because there were no signs of forced entry in their home. McClelland kept five to six dozen different types of firearms at his residence. “There were guns hidden all over the house,” said his son, J. R. McLelland.”When they said that he got shot, it was unbelievable because he was so well-armed and so well-versed in guns.” McLelland and slain prosecutor Mark Hasse tried defendants for even the smallest of charges, leaving investigators with no shortage of residents with grudges or hostility toward the office.