Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 6, 2013

Services set for Hasse

Investigation ongoing in prosecutor’s murder

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Kaufman County officials and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Hasse, who had been with Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland’s office for three years, was gunned down in the parking lot as he arrived at work on Jan. 31. Funeral services for Hasse are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Terrell Performing Arts Center.

McLelland said in a press release issued Tuesday that authorities are actively reviewing and investigating all credible leads.

“A review of Hasse’s current and former cases is underway and investigators are communicating with his personal and professional associates,” McLelland said.  “A forensics team is actively processing all evidence collected from the crime scene.”

According to McLelland, investigators continue to look for an older model, Ford Taurus-style sedan, silver or possibly brown in color.  Law officers are seeking one or two persons who were possibly dressed in black at the time of the shooting.

McLelland said Canton Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh and Sheriff David Byrnes would like to thank all the surrounding agencies that have offered support and assistance as needed.

“Communities from around the county have rallied around the Hasse family as well as law enforcement agencies working on this investigation,” McLelland said. “Your generous donations of food, service and support have been greatly appreciated.”

McLelland said investigators from nine agencies are working around the clock on Hasse’s case: Kaufman Police Department, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, Kaufman County Constables, Kaufman District Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Marshals.

McLelland said citizens should understand and be aware that security is being stepped up throughout the community. They are being asked to beware of their surroundings, always err on the side of caution and never hesitate to call 9-1-1 for assistance.

The Kaufman County Crimestoppers fund for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the individual or individuals responsible for  Hasse’s murder is more than $70,000. Tips can be reported anonymously at 877-TIPSKCC (877-847-7522) or online at www.kaufmancountycrimestoppers.org.