Search continues for killer of Kaufman County prosecutor

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by CARLA WADE

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WFAA

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 7:14 PM

Investigators continue to comb through legal cases this weekend, searching for clues as to who might have killed Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse on Thursday morning.

Hasse was known to both friends and colleagues as tough, no-nonsense prosecutor who was known for his "in-your-face" style.

Hasse's boss, District Attorney Mike McLelland, said Hasse was known to tell the people he was prosecuting that his job and his intent was to put them in jail.

After speaking to several witnesses of the ambush attack in a parking lot near the Kaufman County courthouse, there is still no description of the two men who shot Hasse.

Detectives are looking at a possible tie to the Aryan Brotherhood, but say that is not their only focus.

Hasse was known to carry a gun, and sources said he was carrying that gun when he was attacked, but McLelland said he doesn't believe rumors that Hasse had recently begun to believe his life was in danger.

"He never flinched; he was never afraid of anybody," McLelland said. "I have heard rumors that he was supposed to be afraid for his life, and would scuttle around in and out of doors with his pistol in his hand, and absolutely nothing could be farther from the truth."

Police on Friday said they were hopeful tips would lead them to Hasse's killer. A reward in the case has now grown to more than $71,000.

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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