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A former justice of the peace accused of killing a North Texas district attorney and his wife had a "treasure trove" of evidence in a storage shed, prosecutors said during opening statements Monday.

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The wife of former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has confessed to a plot to kill the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and his chief assistant, authorities said Wednesday. And Kim Williams told them her husband was the shooter.

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Christina Foreman fought through her grief with defiance at a memorial service for her parents Thursday. Her mom, Cynthia McLelland, and her stepfather Mike, district attorney in Kaufman County, were gunned down last weekend in a case that remains unsolved.

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Nick Morale, a 56 year-old Terrel resident, has been arrested in Kaufman by the Texas Rangers. He's charged with making a terroristic threat against a Kaufman County official. Officials say he used the Crime Stoppers tip line. 

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Update, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m.: Citing security concerns, a federal prosecutor in Houston has decided to remove himself from a large racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang.

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Law enforcement officials are digging into details about a white supremacist prison gang as they investigate Saturday’s cold-blooded shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and the January murder of another county prosecutor, Mark Hasse.

The Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office was among agencies that helped bring indictments against members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) last fall.

Heidi Beirich investigates hate groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center.  She told KERA’s Shelley Kofler the Aryan Brotherhood which formed in the 1980’s is known as the most violent prison gang in the country.

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Fred Moss, a former assistant U.S. attorney, says the shootings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and his top assistant have all the appearances of professional hits. Moss, who now teaches at Southern Methodist University, talked with KERA about how investigators would approach a case like this one.

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Security is high this morning for both elected officials and employees of Kaufman County. That’s because the County’s District Attorney and his wife were shot to death in their home over the weekend.

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Police say there’s an armed, uniformed officer this morning guarding the Kaufman County Courthouse parking lot. That’s because Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down there yesterday morning. The investigation and manhunt continues.