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New Kaufman Co. D.A. speaks about job's dangers

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Kaufman County's newly appointed District Attorney Judge Erleigh Wiley says she understands the dangers of her new post, but they're not enough to keep her from the top prosecutor's job in the County.

"We understand the risk," Wiley said. "We've all stayed and we're willing to accept it including ever district attorney, every staff member and every investigator."

Governor Rick Perry appointed Wiley to the post Wednesday.

She was born and raised in Kaufman County, then spent 14 years as an assistant district attorney in Dallas County. She was elected as Kaufman County Court at Law Judge in 2003 and has held that position until now.

If confirmed by the Texas Senate, she will replace D.A. Mike McLelland, who was found dead Mar. 30 along with his wife, Cynthia. The McLellands were murdered two months after prosecutor Mark Hasse was shot and killed outside the courthouse.

Wiley says she's cautious, but prepared for what the job brings.

"There is danger. We're all in danger here in Kaufman County," Judge Wiley said. "Because until we figure out who's done these horrible things to Mike and Cynthia and Mark, we're all still in danger. So I don't know if I'm stepping into more danger than I was already in."

Wiley says she has not yet been briefed on the investigation to the Hasse and McLelland murders.

She would fill McLelland's term until 2014. The state senate is expected to confirm her appointment sometime next week.

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