Criminal Justice

Man is charged in threats made on tip line used for information in DA slayings


A Texas man has been arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat based on accusations he threatened a Kaufman County official in a message left on a crime-tip hotline being used to seek information in the slayings of two prosecutors.

The suspect was identified as 56-year-old Nick Morale of Terrell, Texas, report the New York Times, CNN, the Dallas Morning News Crime Blog and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Police say Morale was not involved in the fatal shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, or of assistant DA Mark Hasse.

Police also say Morale is not connected to a Facebook post that said the slayings were “acts of revenge against the tyrannical, unjust, Pit Bull style treatment of every poor soul damned to do business in the Kaufman County courthouse.”

Authorities continue to pursue leads in the case, but they have no suspects and have not uncovered a motive, the Times says.

A public memorial will be held on Thursday for the McLellands and the funeral will be held on Friday.

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