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This undated photo taken from the Kaufman County, Texas, website shows Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. McLelland and his wife were found killed in their house, Saturday, March 30, 2013, two months after one of his assistants was gunned down near their office, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kaufman County)

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — Two months after one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down, a north Texas district attorney and his wife were found killed in their home, authorities said.

The bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found in their home Saturday, Kaufman County sheriff’s Lt. Justin Lewis said. Authorities would not comment on a motive.

“Everybody’s a little on edge and a little shocked,” Forney Mayor Darren Rozell told The Associated Press on Sunday. “It appears this was not a random act.”

Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death in a parking lot a block from his office on Jan. 31. No arrests have been made in his death.

Lewis declined to say how the couple died or whether authorities believe their deaths are linked to Hasse’s. Police, FBI agents, Texas Rangers and deputies were all part of the investigation.

Rozell said what’s so shocking is that the attack occurred at the district attorney’s home, an unincorporated area just outside Forney, which has 15,000 residents within the city limits and about 40,000 in the area. Kaufman County is 33 miles southeast of Dallas.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told The Dallas Morning News that the McLellands had been shot in their home, and although investigators didn’t know if their deaths were related to Hasse’s killing, they couldn’t discount it.

“It was a shock with Mark Hasse, and now you can just imagine the double shock and until we know what happened, I really can’t confirm that it’s related but you always have to assume until it’s proven otherwise,” Aulbaugh told the newspaper.

Sam Rosander, who lives in the same unincorporated area of Kaufman County as the McLellands, told the AP on Saturday that sheriff’s deputies were parked in the district attorney’s driveway for about a month after Hasse was killed.

Aulbaugh said recently that the FBI was checking to see if Hasse’s killing could be related to the March 19 killing of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, who was gunned down after answering the doorbell at his home.

Evan Spencer Ebel, a former Colorado inmate and white supremacist who authorities believe killed Clements and a pizza deliveryman two days earlier, was killed in a March 21 shootout with Texas deputies about 100 miles from Kaufman.

Hasse was chief of the organized crime unit when he was an assistant prosecutor in Dallas County in the 1980s, and he handled similar cases in Kaufman County.

“Anything anybody can think of, we’re looking through,” McLelland said after Hasse’s death.

McLelland graduated from the University of Texas before a 23-year career in the Army, according to the website for the district attorney’s office. He later earned his law degree from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

He and his wife have two daughters and three sons. One son is a police officer in Dallas.

McLelland and his wife had moved into the home within the past few years ago, Rozell said.

“Real friendly, became part of our community quickly,” Rozell said. “They were a really pleasant happy couple.”

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Associated Press writer Michael Graczyk in Houston contributed to this report.

Collected from-http://news.yahoo.com/mayor-deaths-texas-da-wife-not-random-act-155206177.html

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George Sanders

An 86-year-old man who carried out a mercy killing by shooting his ailing wife in the head was sentenced to probation on Friday after an emotional hearing where family members tearfully spoke on his behalf.

 

George Sanders could have faced more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The judge opted for probation.

 

The World War II veteran told authorities his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969, and the couple moved from Washington state to the retirement community of Sun City outside Phoenix in the 1970s for the warm, dry climate.

 

Virginia Sanders, 81, had been diagnosed with gangrene on her foot just a few days before the shooting.

 

In a videotaped confession, Sanders said his wife begged him to kill her. Wrapped in a blanket as he sat being questioned by a detective, Sanders appeared frail and tired in the hours after he shot his wife in the head.

 

“She never wanted to outlive me and be left at the mercy of someone else,” he said.

 

“We loved each other so much,” Sanders said. “It was a wonderful life in spite of all the hard things we had at the end.”

 

Sanders was initially charged with first-degree murder for the Nov. 9 shooting but later pleaded guilty to manslaughter in what attorneys on both sides have called a “mercy killing.”

 

“We did a lot of things together, always loved each other,” he told the detective, adding that her health began to deteriorate over the last few years. “I took care of her through that day and night,” Sanders said.

 

Eventually, as his own health deteriorated, he said the couple hired a caregiver. He said his wife had been diagnosed with gangrene on her foot just a few days before the shooting and was set to be admitted to a hospital, then a nursing home.

 

“It was just the last straw,” Sanders said. “She didn’t want to go to that hospital … start cutting her toes off.”

 

He said he talked it over with his wife and she begged him to kill her.

 

“I said, `I can’t do it honey,”‘ he told police. “She says, `Yes you can.”‘

 

Sanders said he got his revolver and wrapped a towel around it so the bullet wouldn’t go into the kitchen.

 

“She says, `Is this going to hurt,’ and I said, `You won’t feel a thing,”‘ he said.

 

“She was saying, `Do it. Do it. Do it.’ And I just let it go,” Sanders added.

 

He sat in the room at the sheriff’s office for about five hours as his wife was hospitalized. The bullet didn’t kill her. She died a few days later. After several hours, the detective came back in.

 

“Virginia was at this present moment currently still alive but not expected to make it. She’s not expected to live,” the detective told him.

 

Sanders appeared distraught.

 

“I think of her laying in her bed and it haunts me. I’ve taken care of her all these years and to think of somebody else doing it that really doesn’t care,” he said. “Terrible.”

 

A few minutes later, a deputy came into the room and handcuffed him, then led him out the door to be fingerprinted.

 

“I sit here and I don’t know how I could have done that,” Sanders said. “It seemed to make sense at the time.”

Collected from-http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57577030/george-sanders-86-year-old-ariz-man-spared-prison-in-wifes-mercy-killing/

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Apparently skirting the no campaign rule on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, candidates made their presence felt on Twitter and Facebook, which have yet to be regulated by the Commission on Elections.

In Bataan, a candidate for councilor, Jules Moncupa, posted what appeared to be his campaign material on his Facebook account and asked his Facebook friends to “share” it.

Screengrab from Facebook.

“GAME NA! … Please Share, my friends. Thanks. :-).” he posted.

In his photo, Moncupa described himself as “Kaibigan ng Bayan (everyone’s friend)” and “outstanding councilor of Bataan.” His ballot number, 16, was also placed near his name.

The photo’s time stamp on Facebook indicated it was posted at 3:14 a.m., March 29.

The campaign period for local candidates was supposed to start today but since it is a Good Friday, it can only start on March 30, Black Saturday.

Under Republic Act 7166, the campaign period may exclude the day before Election Day, the day of the election itself, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.

Comelec Resolution 9385, which lists the calendar of activities for the campaign period, also notes that campaigning on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday is prohibited.

Some national candidates merely posted Holy Week and vacation-related messages on their Twitter account while others plugged online articles where they were mentioned, such as GMA News Online’s Isyu ng Bayan matrix.

But other candidates posted rants while there were also candidates who plugged their party’s proclamation rally. Administration’s Team PNoy posted some photos of sorties and election initiatives, including the 7-11 cup program.

Screengrab from Twitter.

Violation?

In a text message to GMA News Online, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said he cannot call the posts violations of election rules just as yet but he will let the Comelec law department evaluate them.

“Hindi kasi natin nire-regulate ang Facebook e. So I hesitate to call that a violation. Pwede natin ipa-evaluate sa law department namin,” he said.

“Comelec generally does not monitor Twitter and Facebook postings except in relation to campaign spending and possible vote-buying schemes,” Jimenez added.

In Resolution 9615, the poll body regulates online campaign propaganda such as pop-ups, rectangles, banners, buttons and skyscrapers except on social networking sites.

Poll chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. earlier said they will issue clearer guidelines on social networking sites during the campaign period after they checked how politicians use the platform.

“This is new, this is something innovative, itong social media. Kaya dapat titingnan muna natin, hindi pwedeng detalye agad. We will see how effective it is during the start of the campaign period,” Brillantes said. —KG, GMA News