HOUSTON – After two Texas prosecutors were slain in two months, law enforcement agencies across the state are trying to better protect attorneys who go after violent criminals.
Some top prosecutors have already received round-the-clock security details. Others are withholding some personal information from public records.
But current and former prosecutors acknowledge that nothing will ever entirely eliminate the inherent risk of confronting society's most dangerous offenders in the courtroom.
Former Houston prosecutor Clay Rawlings received a death threat in 1984 from a tattoo-covered 19-year-old year charged with murder. The experience, he said, made him "very motivated to make damn sure that guy is never getting out."
Authorities continue investigating the deaths of Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, who were found shot to death Saturday in their home.