Subsequent media reports indicated law enforcement officials found no sign of forced entry, but all reports indicate the door to the house was not locked. The couple appeared to have been dead for about 24 hours.
A press conference was held Sunday, March 31, by Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes, but it appeared to raise more questions than it did answers. Byrnes remained tight-lipped about any evidence found at the scene, what law enforcement officers think happened and whether a link between Hasse's and McLelland's murders is suspected.
The purpose of the press conference appeared to be the reassurance of the county's 40,000 residents that public officials and other county employees would be protected. The courthouse will open Monday morning, April 1 as usual, but the District Attorney's Office will be closed to the public, and there will be increased security visible.
A deputy sheriff reportedly protected McLelland at home for about a month after Hasse's murder, but that security had ceased at the time of the District Attorney's murder over the weekend.
A Dallas Morning News reporter told CNN News during an interview that her law enforcement sources told her shell casings found at the scene indicate an assualtr rife was used in the murders. Surveillance cameras at the McLelland home may reveal more information about the assailants, she said.