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Counties Mum on Security Measures After DA Mike McLelland Killed

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Apr 1, 2013  |  Updated 2:41 PM CDT
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Counties Mum on Security Measures After DA Murder

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.

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In light of the recent slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and January's slaying of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, officials in Dallas County released the following statement Monday:

"Foremost, we would like to extend our condolences to the McLelland Family and all of the Kaufman County community. These difficult times serve as reminder of how we must always remain proactive. An evaluation of current security measures is being conducted to help determine if there is a need for enhancement.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department is working closely with the rest of personnel to ensure security measures are acceptable. Keep in mind, the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management still oversees most of the county's security."

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins declined to comment on the issue, citing safety concerns.

Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon said his staff has been cautioned, but he declined to discuss the specific security measures that have been taken.

On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested that everyone -- but especially public officials -- should be extra cautious after the weekend killings.

"I would suggest everyone should be careful about what goes on, whether they're public officials or otherwise," Perry said.

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