Kaufman DA visited gun shop hours before murder

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by JASON WHITELY / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 11:41 PM

FORNEY, Texas -- Just off East Broad Street, in a non-descript old building, was one of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland's favorite places.

"We have a table that seats eight. We call it the 'Liar's Table' -- that's where all the old men sit and drink coffee," said Oneil Kidwill, Helz Firearms owner.

Several times a week for the last five years, the Kaufman County district attorney was a regular at the gun shop. He enjoyed the conversation, Kidwill said, and especially liked sporting firearms. In fact, McLelland carried a .38-caliber snub nose revolver.

McLelland's last visit to Helz Firearms was Friday, hours before he and his wife Cynthia were gunned down.

Kidwill said he offered McLelland some advice after the D.A.'s top prosecutor, Mark Hasse, was gunned down on January 31.

"When Mark got murdered, I told him he needed to start wearing a vest everyday to work and carry that gun where you can get to it real quick," Kidwill said. "He didn't seem concerned with his safety at all. He was more concerned for his co-workers."

McLelland's last visit to Helz Firearms had a purpose, Kidwill remembered.

"He came in asking what he should get his employees because they were in fear for their life," Kidwill said.

Revolvers and vests were the recommendations McLelland left with last Friday, but it was advice he never got to deliver.

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