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Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

Dorothy Canfield, age 84, plotted murder of Texas lawyers to mimic Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse slayings

An 84-year-old woman serving jail time on a theft charge in Texas allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill one county prosecutor and hospitalize another. What is shocking is that the woman’s plot was to emulate the Kaufman County prosecutor killings.

Dorothy Canfield, was charged with solicitation of capital murder and attempt to commit aggravated assault for plotting to kill Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Robert Freyer and put District Attorney Brett Ligon “in the hospital for two to three weeks,” according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Dorothy Canfield

Dorothy Canfield

“Dorothy Canfield hoped to capitalize on the tragic murder of the Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse to disrupt the prosecution of her theft charge in the most violent way possible,” Ligon said in the statement.

“Criminals that plot to threaten and harm those in law enforcement and prosecution need to know that we are watching,” he said.

The alleged plot comes after the fatal shooting of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, whose bodies were found in their Forney, Texas, home March 30. Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down in January outside the county courthouse.

Former Judge, Eric Williams, is being charged in connection to these crimes.

Canfield was being held in Montgomery County Jail in Conroe on a property theft charge that involves allegations that she posed as an immigration attorney to con clients.

 

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