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February 1, 2013

County ‘still on edge’

Stakes raised in hunt for Kaufman prosecutor’s killers

Athens — KAUFMAN — A North Texas police chief says he doesn't have any information suggesting that a top-notch prosecutor feared for his life before he was fatally shot outside his office.

No arrests have been made since the killing Thursday of Mark Hasse, an assistant district attorney in Kaufman County. Hasse was shot multiple times after arriving at work. Police have cast a wide net searching for two suspects, who are said to have worn bullet-proof vests and possibly masks.

Kaufman police Chief Chris Aulbaugh says investigators continue to examine the crime scene and sift through Hasse’s cases in hopes of finding a person of interest in his death.

Aulbaugh said Friday that there is no indication of any fear on Hasse’s part before he was killed.

The slaying of 57-year-old Hasse rattled prosecutors across the state and angered those who worked with him in Kaufman, located 33 miles southeast of Dallas.

The reward for information in the case has reached more than $71,000.

Lance Gooden, who represents Henderson and Kaufman counties in the Texas House, said he visited with officials on site Friday.

“They’re still on edge,” he said, “but they’re working hard to find (the killers).”

Gooden said he plans to examine the safety of judges, prosecutors and others in Texas courthouses — although Thursday’s murder happened outside the courthouse.

Even so, Gooden said the system must ensure the safety of those public servants.

“Yesterday’s assassination in Kaufman County tears at the fabric of our judicial system and has sent shock waves throughout the nation,” Gooden said. “We cannot have our public officials who are enforcing the law and carrying out justice fearing for their lives as they come to work.”

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