District Attorney Mike McLelland served in the Army for 23 years, retiring as a decorated Major. He received his bachelors degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Psychology from Ball State University, and a Jurisprudence of Law from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Mr. McLelland always desired to work in a field that would benefit the people of his community.

Before pursuing a legal career, Mr. McLelland worked as a clinical psychologist. He had a private practice in both Corpus Christi and Dallas before serving as a public defender in Dallas, moving up to be elected as District Attorney for Kaufman County. He and his loving wife, Cynthia, seemed to others as polar opposites, but the two filled their marriage with love and devotion to one another. Mr. McLelland was known in the community for his commitment to help everyone live a safer life.

On March 30, 2013, Kaufman District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were tragically gunned down in their home. Their tragic loss affected the entire community. Mike Mclelland is survived by his mother, Wyvonne; daughter, Krista; sons, Jr. McLelland and Josh; sister, Marsha; stepson, Nathan; stepdaughter, Christina; and grandchildren, Ty, Trent, James, Coby, Brody and Laura.