Two Aryan Brotherhood members pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Thur., Jan. 31 on the same day that one of the assistant DA's working the case from Kaufman County was gunned down in cold blood.
The United States Department of Justice website press release stated that 40-year-old Houston resident Ben Christian Dillon, aka "Tuff," and 40-year-old Dallas resident James Marshall Meldrum, aka "Dirty," pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake in the Southern District of Texas on Thursday for one count each of racketeering.
Kaufman County's District Attorney's office was one of the 22 agencies aiding the multi-agency task force in this Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang case. A total of 34 defendants face racketeering charges in the ABT case, with Dillon and Meldrum the first two to appear in the courtroom.
News 8 reported earlier in the day that Mark Hasse was shot multiple times in the parking lot area of the Kaufman County Courthouse on his way into work this morning to a misdemeanor court hearing.
Two masked men dressed all in black and driving an older silver-colored Ford Taurus fled the scene after the ambush that killed the Kaufman County assistant DA. And law enforcement is scouring the city and interstates in an effort to bring them to justice.
Officials are researching his current case load to see if any other case he was working on besides the ABT case could have motivated his violent murder this morning.