AUSTIN (April 10, 2013)—Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday named Erleigh Norville Wiley of Forney to replace slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.
McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death in their home March 30, two months after Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down outside the Kaufman County Courthouse.
No arrests have been made in either case.
Wiley, who’s judge of Kaufman County’s Court at Law, will serve until the 2014 general election.
She’s an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, and a former supervising attorney for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
The Texas Senate must confirm the appointment.
Meanwhile Wednesday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, proposed legislation that would allow local governments to use existing funds to provide security details for prosecutors and judges in danger of retaliation or intimidation.
The Line of Duty Act of 2013, would also extend the rights of those officials to carry weapons for self-defense.
Cornyn said he wants to provide prosecutors and other law enforcement officials with greater flexibility in protecting themselves and their families.