Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s chief investigator and a retired deputy U.S. marshal with 34 years of law enforcement experience, died Tuesday evening. He was 67.

McNamara was the younger brother of McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

He was 64 years old when he went to work in the DA’s office in 2011. Co-workers said he was in the office Tuesday.

McNamara was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center later, where he died shortly before 6 p.m., according to Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson.

McNamara retired from the U.S. Marshals Service in 2004 and was a private investigator for five years afterward before accepting the position in Reyna’s office, the Tribune-Herald reported in 2011.

McNamara came from a long line of McLennan County lawmen, including his father, T.P. McNamara, who was a deputy U.S. marshal for 36 years, and his grandfather, Emmitt Parnell McNamara, who was a U.S. marshal and a former McLennan County sheriff’s deputy.

While working in private practice for Kari Baker’s parents, McNamara —with private investigator John Bennett, attorney Bill Johnston and former Chief McLennan County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cawthon — was instrumental in uncovering new evidence that led to the successful prosecution of former Central Texas minister Matt Baker in 2010 after the death of his wife had been ruled a suicide.

Staff writer Tommy Witherspoon contributed to this story.

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