State and federal law enforcement authorities are trying to determine whether there's any connection between an indictment late last year against the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the shooting deaths of two prosecutors in Kaufman County, about 35 miles southeast of Dallas.
Prosecutors in November announced racketeering conspiracy charges against 34 members of the white supremacist group, basing the case on crimes—including fire bombings and murder—that spanned more than two decades.
The 17-count indictment, then-Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said during a press conference in Texas, represents "a devastating blow" to the Aryan Brotherhood, which Breuer described as a "violent and highly structured criminal enterprise" operating throughout the state.
The Kaufman district attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife, were fatally shot Saturday in their home, the authorities said. The double-homicide follows the January 31 shooting of one of McLelland's assistant district attorneys, Mark Hasse, who was killed in a parking lot as he walked to work.
Our affiliate Texas lawyer has more details here.