Cherokee County Courthouse target of threat

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Updated: 4/03/2013 6:03 pm Published: 4/02/2013 4:53 pm

FOX23 is learning more about a threatening letter sent to a Cherokee County judge.

The letter contained a powdery substance later determined to be talcum powder.
Deputies tell FOX23’s Dontaye Carter, the letter also talked about killing the judge like the recent murder of a District Attorney in Texas.

Investigators are trying to retrieve finger prints from the letter to track down whoever sent it to the courthouse. The letter was sent to a lab in Edmond Wednesday.

"This is very unusual for us to have any threats to the courthouse especially two in less than a week," said Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault.

The courthouse received a bomb threat last Wednesday. Chennault says the two threats have them on high alert. 

"We do have more of a presence in the courthouse now," said Chennault.

Tuesday, Investigators say a letter was sent to a judge referencing the murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.

Chennault says the judge wasn't frightened by it. However, with two threats in less than a week they're not taking any chances.

"We're going to do what we can to get this person charged and in jail," he said.

Deputies are going through a list of people who might've had a grudge against that judge. They are questioning suspects hoping new leads will lead to an arrest.

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