Ted Poe: Killers of Texas DA and Wife Will Be Caught

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 06:38 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Congressman Ted Poe says the vile killers who gunned down a popular Texas district attorney and his wife will be tracked down and apprehended whatever it takes — and they know it.

“It’s going to be a multi-level investigation: state, local, and federal law enforcement officers. Poe told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

“Law enforcement will eventually find the culprits that were involved ... [They] know that we’re going to find out who did it — and we’re going to hold them accountable.’’

“This is more than just a good guy being assassinated — this is an attack on literally the law, the rule of the law in this country.’’

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Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were shot dead at their home on Saturday — and federal prosecutors are eying several theories.

They are looking at the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a white supremacist jail gang; drug cartels that operate in the Lone Star State; and the possibility of a lone gunman with a grudge against McLelland.

Poe, who represents Texas’ Second Congressional District, said the cold-blooded assassinations are “exactly what the drug cartels do in Mexico. They get a police chief, a judge who’s investigating them, and they assassinate them.

“Mexico does not really follow up on going after those cartels and that’s how they’re able to intimidate and get away with the criminal enterprise.’’

It is different in the United States, where different law enforcement agencies work together to close in on the suspects.

“These types of assassinations are very rare in the United States. Thirteen prosecutors have been murdered over the last 30 years,’’ Poe said.

“You can look at that number any way you want to but it’s not a great number. These are the type of things that happen in other countries.’’

Poe, who is a former prosecutor and judge, said he was threatened several times while he served in those positions.

“Thanks to good law enforcement here in Houston, none of those threats were able to be carried out,’’ he said.

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