Authorities in Kaufman County report new leads in Thursday's ambush killing of prosecutor Mark Hasse and on Saturday said the reward for information leading to his killer had grown to more than $70,000. Kaufman's Police Chief says the total reward contributions won't be tallied up until Monday. Investigators believe clues about Hasse's killed could be in his case files. They say his killer was wearing black clothing and a mask when he shot Hasse outside the County Courthouse. They are combing through surveillance video from squad cars, convenience stores and nearby businesses - looking for the getaway car, described as an older model silver or gray Ford Taurus with no license plates.
Meantime, Hasse's friends are in shock. "He loved life. He loved his job, said defense attorney Jenny Parks. "He was one of the best at what he did he was an excellent prosecutor.
"He was a certified peace officer in the 80's so he had always carried a weapon. "You never know. You prosecute hundreds of people so you're going to have some pissed off people."
Parks was at the courthouse when another attorney told her what had happened. They rushed down the block to try and help but it was too late. She believe the attack was deliberate, calculated and planned.
"They're cowardly," she said. "Very cowardly to ambush someone like that, kill them in cold blood. Just no words for people like that."