WASHINGTON -- Officials investigating the deaths of two prosecutors in Kaufman County, Texas, have turned their attention to a former local official there who lost his job in a corruption probe and had allegedly made several threats against the two victims, according to a federal law enforcement official who has been briefed on the case.
The local official was arrested for alleged possession of stolen property after he was caught on surveillance cameras, the source said.
He apparently sought to work a plea deal but did not prevail, and since losing his job has issued a number of threats, including retaliation against the two prosecutors who were killed in Kaufman County. They were the ones who prosecuted him.
He also allegedly threatened to burn down the home of another local official.
According to one law enforcement source, he is "emerging as a person of interest."
The source declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities are investigating the deaths of Dist. Atty. Mike McLelland, 63, who was found fatally shot over the weekend with his wife Cynthia, 65, at their home in Forney.