Investigators looking into the assassination of Texas prosecutor Mark Hasse have received new clues, according to law enforcement authorities in Kaufman County. Hasse was murdered on January 31 in broad daylight as he got out of his car about 8:30 a.m. near the courthouse in Kaufman, Texas.
Two different versions have evolved so far. One is that a single gunman wearing a mask gunned down the assistant district attorney as Hasse was on his way to work that fateful day.
A second version is that two gunmen wearing masks shot down the prosecutor and fled in a car quickly.
Speculation has been that under either theory, it was a hit job based on the time, location and quick disappearance of the assassin or assassins.
Billboards went up across Louisiana, North Texas, and Oklahoma requesting help in the case. Those billboards have brought in clues and a bigger reward.
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLellan said that information which may appear insignificant to a normal citizen might be very valuable to investigators who trying to put all the pieces of a bigger puzzle together. There is no way to predict which piece of evidence might finally connect all the dots in a murder investigation.
The reward has climbed to $130,000 to anyone providing information which leads to the indictment of a suspect or suspects in this high profile case.
News of Hasse's murder hit the law enforcement community like a Texas tornado. Chris Marshall was the last prosecutor murdered in the line of duty and that was back in 1991 when George Lott shot Marshall, several judges and another lawyer inside a Tarrant County Courthouse.
Lott was angry over a domestic relations case involving his wife which had no connection to Chris Marshall or the others he shot that sad day in Fort Worth. He was executed in record time after he waived all his appeals after receiving the death penalty.
Whoever committed this crime will certainly be eligible for lethal injection in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. It is capital murder to kill a prosecutor.
This crime has received national publicity as the New York Times has even weighed in on it.
Anyone who has information is encouraged to contact the Kaufman County District Attorney's Office as soon as possible.
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