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Gun Shop Owner Remembers Slain District Attorney

Owner says Mike McLelland was regular customer who visited a few times per week to chat

By Ray Villeda
|  Thursday, Apr 4, 2013  |  Updated 11:56 PM CDT
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The owner of a gun shop in Kaufman County says Mike McLelland was a regular customer who visited a few times per week to chat.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

The owner of a gun shop in Kaufman County says Mike McLelland was a regular customer who visited a few times per week to chat.

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The owner of the gun shop Kaufman County's slain district attorney visited less than 24 hours before his death says he showed no sign of fear.

Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death in their home Saturday.

O'Neil Kidwill, owner of Helz Firearms in Forney, said Mike McLelland was a regular customer. He stopped by the shop on Friday.

"He was basically there to shoot the bull with us," Kidwill said.

Kidwill said he never imagined their conversation on Friday would be their last.

"I didn't know it would be the last time I'd see him," he said. "I would have never thought that."

Kidwill said McLelland came in a few times per week to chat.

"When he came in there, he was like he was a kid in a candy store," he said. "I mean, he was at home with us."

When he visited Friday, he showed no sign of concern, Kidwill said.

"I asked him straight out, I said, 'Are you scared? Do you think something's going to happen?'" Kidwill said. "And he was like, 'No, I'm more worried about my co-workers because they won't come to work.'"

Kidwell said he remembers asking McLelland about the slaying of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was gunned down near the county courthouse in January.

"Of course, we would always question him, and he said he didn't have any leads," he said. "He had some suspicions, but he couldn't talk about it."

Thousands of mourners attended a memorial service for McLelland and his wife in Sunnyvale on Thursday. Gov. Rick Perry and law enforcement officials from around the state joined family and friends of the couple to remember the couple.

They will be laid to rest Friday in McLelland's hometown of Wortham.

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