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(DALLAS) — After the second murder of a prosecutor in the past two months in Kaufman County, Texas, the sheriff said his department was “taking precautions” to protect elected officials, but stopped short of saying he believed they were being targeted.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death in their Forney home on Saturday, Sheriff David Byrnes said on Sunday.

Byrnes would not definitively say whether he believed the murders were related to the slaying of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was gunned down outside the courthouse on Jan. 31.

“We have nothing indicating that for sure,” he said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

Byrnes declined to discuss what security measures were already in place and whether any new steps might be taken, but said people should not be afraid to go to the courthouse, where there would be “visible security.”

“It’s pretty obvious it’s unnerving and its unnerving to the law enforcement community and the community at large, which is why we’re striving to ensure the community we are providing public safety,” he said.

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