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Person of interest sought in shooting death of district attorney, wife

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Investigators in Kaufman County may have a person of interest in the weekend shooting death of the district attorney and his wife.

Published reports have pointed to a disgraced former public official, but attention has also looked at whether prison gang retaliation may be to blame.

D.A. Mike McClelland and Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse, who was killed in January, assisted a federal investigation that indicted nearly three dozen members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

As concern grows that the gang may be settling scores, a federal prosecutor in Houston has recused himself from an Aryan Brotherhood case.

FOX 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico says it is fair for anyone to reevaluate their resolve.

"When you're raising a family and you've got concerns that are greater than whether or not someone goes to prison," says Tritico, "Then everyone has to stop, at that moment, and say, 'what's in my best interest?'"

In the annual Texas Department of Public Safety Gang Threat Assessment, the Aryan Brotherhood is growing but still not considered as powerful as the state's larger Latin gangs.

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