Ector County District Attorney Speaks Out After Recent Killings of Texas Prosecutors
By Jen Kastner NewsWest 9
ECTOR COUNTY- After Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot death inside their home this past Saturday, Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland says his concerns over his office's safety are growing.
On Monday morning, Bland held a meeting with his staff, reassuring them that he'll provide them with the means necessary to feel safe but also to remind them to be acutely cautious of their current surroundings.
Bland has been the District Attorney of Ector County for the past seven years.
"I've been aware of threats made [and] plots against my life, on a few occasions," Bland said.
Mostly, though, they've come from inmates. Bland says those threats have never developed into anything more serious.
Two months before the attack on McLelland and his wife, Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down outside of his county courthouse.
Although attacks on prosecutors are very rare, the threats posed to them can not be taken lightly, especially right now.
"We take care of really bad people who want to hurt people. In the end, we're the last people that are responsible for them going to prison and people like that- they're not very forgiving," Bland said.
NewsWest 9 also reached out to Midland District Attorney Teresa Clingman. She declined an on-camera interview, but told us her heart goes out to the people of Kaufman County who are dealing with this tragedy.
On Monday, Governor Rick Perry suggested that everyone should be extra cautious after the weekend killings of the Texas district attorney and his wife, but especially public officials.