KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — A sheriff's official says a man has been arrested for making a threat during the investigation into the killings of a Texas prosecutor and his wife, but there is no indication he's connected to the deaths.
Kaufman County sheriff's Lt. Justin Lewis said Wednesday that 56-year-old Nick Morale has been arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat.
Lewis says Morale called the tip line established by authorities after the killings of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia and used it to threaten a specific county official. Authorities aren't identifying the official.
Lewis says there's nothing to link Morale to the McLellands' deaths or the January killing of Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse and he's not a suspect in either case.
Meanwhile, a former Texas justice of the peace convicted of theft says he voluntarily submitted to a gun residue test as part of the investigation into the weekend killings of a Texas prosecutor and his wife.
Eric Williams said Wednesday he's cooperated with law enforcement and hopes authorities find who fatally shot Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. The couple's bodies were found in their home Saturday.
The slayings happened two months after assistant prosecutor Mike Hasse was gunned down outside the Kaufman County Courthouse.
Investigators haven't named any suspects in either case.
Williams says he has no hard feelings toward McLelland's office, which prosecuted Williams for theft last year. He says he understands authorities investigating the deaths need to conduct a thorough process of elimination.
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