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Marshall Co. remains final Valley county without courthouse security

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Marshall County is the only Tennessee Valley county where there is no security staged inside or outside of courthouses. Marshall County is the only Tennessee Valley county where there is no security staged inside or outside of courthouses.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Texas investigators said they've arrested a man for making threats during the investigation into the murders of a prosecutor and his wife.

However, there is no indication the man is connected to the killings of Mike McClelland, his wife Cynthia or Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. The McClelland's were murdered in their home, and Hasse was gunned down outside the courthouse.

This case has law enforcement across the country, including North Alabama, on-edge.

Marshall County is the only Tennessee Valley county where there is no security staged inside or outside of courthouses.

"I just think that it's important that we have security in our courthouse, and there needs to be tighter security, I think," Camillie Hampton said, one person concerned about the security at local courthouses.

Hampton said a sign outside of a courthouse door saying weapons are not allowed isn't security.

"I've had a guy come into my office to meet with me about a case who says, ‘You realize I could have a gun,'" Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall said.

In neighboring DeKalb County you can't get through the courthouse front door without going through security. Despite the signs, these officers see what people try to bring in the courthouse.

The chief of security, Leland Chandler, for a DeKalb County courthouse said his security team has caught people trying to enter the courthouse with pistols and knives.

Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said it stands to be a costly proposition, adding security at both courthouses in Marshall County.

Hutcheson said they could close all but one entrance at the Guntersville courthouse, but they would have to maintain two entrances at the Albertville location.

Money is tight in Marshall County right now, according to the chairman, and he said the county is already working to find money to add more resource officers to schools.

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