What a tragic, unpredictable and complicated case this has turned out to be. I’ve linked several different articles here together to try and outline more of the story and what may have happened – and why. Make of it all what you will…I have a hunch this is going to take quite awhile for investigators to sort it all out.
Tom Clements (Photo: Colorado Department of Corrections)
KWGN – “The Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, was shot in the chest in his Monument home Tuesday night and now authorities are looking for a car that was spotted near the scene.
Clements was shot when he answered the door at his home on Colonial Park Drive in the wooded area of Black Forest. Someone shot him in the chest and then fled, said Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies got a 911 call from a relative at 8:37 p.m. reporting the shooting. The relative has not been identified. Deputies said they were the only other person at the home with Clements.
Kramer said a resident saw a boxy-style, dark-colored, 2-door, 90s-model vehicle running unoccupied and parked at an intersection near the scene of the shooting.” Full Article
KWGN “Investigators looking into the shooting death of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections will look at the possibility that Tom Clements’ murder may be tied to the recent decision not to grant a transfer of a Saudi man in a Colorado prison.
Homaidan Al-Turki was convicted in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force and other charges. Prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a housekeeper and kept her as a virtual slave for four years.
His conviction angered Saudi officials. The U.S. State Department sent Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and Al-Turki’s family.
Last week, Colorado prison officials denied a request from the Saudi Arabian government to release Al-Turki to his home country to serve his life sentence.
Prosecutors opposed Al-Turki’s transfer fearing he would be released upon return to Saudi Arabia.
Celments was the one who decided to deny the transfer. He wrote in a letter to Al-Turki that because Al-Turki refused to undergo sex offender treatment in prison, “I have decided not to support your request for transfer to Saudi Arabia at this time,” reported the Associated Press.
Sources have told FOX31 Denver, Al-Turki has come from an influential Saudi family that has long pressured Colorado to release him.”
“…Saudi newspapers reported no less than the King Abdullah and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were to bring up the case with President Bush as they met this week in Riyadh…”
Homaidan Al-Turki – President Bush heard a request to release a man in a Colorado prison during his visit to Saudi Arabia.
Homaidan Al-Turki is behind bars awaiting the outcome of an appeal. A court convicted him in 26 of sexually assaulting and enslaving his Indonesian maid in his Aurora home.
Saudi newspapers reported no less than the King Abdullah and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were to bring up the case with President Bush as they met this week in Riyadh.” Full Article
Colorado Observer “A 2006 memo that became public as part of the WikiLeaks saga warned that “violence, even terrorism” against Americans could occur as a result of the conviction of Saudi sex offender Homaidan al-Turki.
The leaked 2006 cable from the State Department Deputy Chief of Mission in Riyadh, Michael Gfoeller, includes his remarks with a close and longtime friend of al-Turki’s.
At the time, al-Turki’s allies opposed his criminal conviction, seeing it as trumped up and another example of U.S. discrimination against Muslims.
In a revealing passage, Gfoeller writes of al-Turki’s friend, Taleb:
“He said that Saudis … have turned against the current Administration because of the treatment of Arabs and Muslims following September 11, especially Saudis studying and working in the U.S.; the perception that the (U.S. government) unconditionally supports the government of Israel, the invasion of Iraq, and (government) actions against the Palestinians and Lebanon. Taleb … expressed concern that, if this conviction stands, animosity toward the USG could be inflamed to the point of acts of violence, even terrorism, in the U.S. or against Americans in the KSA or elsewhere.”
The memo has renewed significance after the murder of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, who had recently denied a request by al-Turki to serve out his sentence in his home country.” Full Article
KTSM “Texas authorities say a man who led law enforcement on a high speed chase may be linked to the death of a Colorado state prison chief.
The scattered remains of a high speed chase ended in gun fire and a crash. Law enforcement suspects this incident could be connected to the murder investigation of prison Chief Tom Clements
Texas officials say the driver sped away from a traffic stop after shooting a deputy multiple times. Officers caught up to the car, where the driver was still firing, when the vehicle slammed into an 18-wheeler. After the collision, the suspect exited the car still shooting.
“When he came by me, 100 miles per hour, maybe, just shooting out the window, he didn’t want to be taken alive. It was obvious that he was trying to hurt someone or the police,” said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.
Police fired back at the man who is now brain dead and on life support for possible organ donation.
Authorities have identified the shooter as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28.” Full Article
Evan Spencer Ebel
NBC ”Shell casings from the same type of ammunition that was used in the slaying of the top prisons official in Colorado were also found near the car of a paroled white supremacist who led Texas police on a wild chase and shootout, authorities said in court records filed Friday.
Investigators are looking into whether the parolee, Evan Spencer Ebel, 28 — who died Thursday after the chase and shootout in Texas — may also have killed a pizza delivery man and Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements, who was shot to death at his front door Tuesday night in the Denver suburbs.
Authorities from Colorado were in Texas on Friday, examining the car for evidence that might tie Ebel to the Colorado killings.
In a search warrant (.pdf) seeking permission to search the car Ebel was driving, Texas Rangers told a Wise County judge that Hornady 9mm shell casings were recovered at the scene of the shootout in Decatur, which it said were the same brand and caliber used to kill Clements.
Authorities from both states offered few other details Friday about what evidence they have turned up and stressed that the investigation was still open.
…Sources told NBC station KUSA of Denver that Ebel had been recruited into a white supremacist gang called the 211 Crew…The gang is believed to have several hundred to 1,000 members, most of them in Colorado prisons. It gets its name from a section of the California penal code that deals with robbery. Potok said it wasn’t clear why the gang was named for that section.” Full Article
A shooting at the Kaufman County Courthouse left a Assistant District Attorney, Mark Hasse, right, dead on Jan. 31, 2013.
Huffington Post – “Authorities are investigating whether the killing of a Texas county prosecutor earlier this year is linked to the slaying of Colorado’s prison director.
Kaufman police chief Chris Aulbaugh said Friday the FBI is checking to see if the January shooting death of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse is connected to Tuesday’s killing of prison chief Tom Clements.
Hasse was killed about 100 miles away from where former Colorado inmate and white supremacist Evan Spencer Ebel died Thursday after a shootout with deputies. Investigators are trying to determine if Ebel is linked to Clements’ death.
Aulbaugh calls the investigation routine for attacks that appear similar. Both targeted law enforcement officials. Authorities have investigated whether Hasse’s death could be linked to a white supremacist gang.” Full Article