As you no doubt remember, Kaufman County (TX) District Attorney Mike and Cynthia McLelland were gunned down in their home by a person or persons unknown as thunderstorms rolled through the area last Saturday morning. We now know that even in death the McLellands were given no peace, as a bomb threat was called in the Mr. McLelland’s viewing at the First Baptist Church of Wortham:
Security was tight and schools were closed Friday in the small Freestone County town of Wortham where funeral services were being held for slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65.
Mike McLelland grew up in Wortham and graduated from Wortham High School.
A family funeral service started at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Wortham.
The McLellands will be laid to rest in Wortham Cemetery.
Wortham police searched the church Wednesday night after authorities received a bomb threat.
A woman said her daughter was turned away from the church as she arrived for visitation Thursday evening.
No bomb was found, but the church was guarded overnight, authorities said.
The allegation of a bomb threat even after McLelland’s death is unusual. I suspect it was made to further rattle frayed nerves in the criminal justice system, more than to cause further anguish to the McLelland family, but that is merely speculation.
Update: Rewards totaling $200,000 have been offered for tips leading to convictions of the McLelland’s killers, strongly suggesting authorities don’t have good leads in the case. While I’m speculating again, the lack of good evidence leading to a killer may suggest a professional hit.