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Texas man allegedly made threat on tip line set up after slayings of district attorney, wife

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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

KAUFMAN, Texas — A Texas man is accused of making a threat against a county official two days after a prosecutor and his wife were gunned down in their home, but there is no indication he is connected to the deaths, a sheriff's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Nick Morale, 56, of Terrell was jailed on $1 million bond a day after he was arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat, Kaufman County sheriff's Lt. Justin Lewis said.

On Monday, someone left a threatening message on a tip line established by authorities after the killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, and said a specific county official would be the next victim, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released in the case. Authorities are not identifying the official. Investigators traced the call to Morale, according to the document.

There is no evidence to link Morale to the deaths of the McLellands, who were found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in their home on Saturday, or to the Jan. 31 killing of Kaufman County assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse, Lewis said.

“All threats are taken seriously,” Lewis said.

Authorities have not named any suspects in the killings but are investigating numerous leads, Lewis said.

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