The U.S. Honor Flag left Kaufman County on Tuesday afternoon after an overnight stay at the courthouse where slain prosecutor Mark Hasse worked.
Honor Flag Leaves Kaufman, Authorities Seek Clues in Hasse's Case
By Ken Kalthoff
The U.S. Honor Flag left Kaufman Tuesday afternoon after an overnight stay at the courthouse where murdered prosecutor Mark Hasse worked. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013)
Hasse was gunned down in a parking lot near the courthouse on Jan. 31.
An honor guard of Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputies retired the flag and stood watch beside it, along with officers from around the state.
Kaufman County officers have their attention focused on Hasse's homicide investigation.
“We can’t take away the hurt and pain they’re going through, but if we can help out while they’re burdened with the task of trying to find the individual who killed him, then we’ve done a small part in trying to help out their community,” said Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Bryan Shelton.
Hasse worked as a Dallas County Assistant District Attorney for many years before serving in Kaufman County.
Ceremony attendees said they are still concerned because the killers are still on the loose.
“I don’t really feel safe because we don’t know, until he’s caught, or they’re caught,” said Realtor Cathy Coulton.
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland issued a warning to the killers at the ceremony.
“We’re coming, We’re coming, We’re coming,” McLelland said.
A press release from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, released Tuesday, indicates that investigators are no closer to solving the case than they were in the hours after Hasse was killed.
The release offers the same, vague suspect description of one or two men, possibly dressed in black, driving a silver or possibly brown Ford Taurus or similar older model sedan.
The District Attorney said investigators are still casting a wide net for clues.
“The investigation hasn't focused on anything," McLelland said. "They're turning over every stone, every log."
Nine different local, state and federal agencies are working on the case in addition to agencies that provided officers for the Honor Flag duty.
Kaufman County officials thanked those agencies for their support.
“Everybody that’s in the criminal justice system faces the same dangers all the time, this is a full contact sport,” McLelland said.
A reward fund of donated money for information to solve the case is now at about $80,000.