Crime

Days After Slaying of Kaufman County DA and His Wife, Terrell Man Arrested For Threatening a County Official

Nick Morale, a 56-year-old man from Terrell, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making "terroristic threats" against the life of an unnamed county official. Lieutenant Justin Lewis of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office told reporters Wednesday that the threat was left on a Crime Stoppers tip line Monday afternoon, warning that the official would be the "next victim."

So far, no connection has been made to the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, in their home over the weekend. Nor, so far, is it connected to the death of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was shot in broad daylight January 31 in Kaufman's town square.

According to the arrest affidavit, Morales allegedly used the "caller blocked" feature to conceal his number, but a Texas Department of Public Safety investigator was able to trace the call to a device subscribed to him.

About the slayings, Lewis would say only that the investigation into the deaths is ongoing and that several agencies were pursuing leads through the tip line and other channels.

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Brantley Hargrove