Bond denied to woman accused of providing murder weapon in Ebel case

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DENVER — The woman accused of providing the gun used to murder Colorado Department of Corrections director Tom Clements will be held without bond until her case is resolved, U.S. Magistrate Boyd N. Boland ordered Monday.

Stevie Vigil, 22, is both a danger to the community and a flight risk, Boland said. The defendant is scheduled to appear next on Oct. 7.

Vigil is accused of buying the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun that was found after Evan Ebel died in a shootout with Texas police on March 21. Law enforcement across several states were pursuing Ebel as the prime suspect in the shooting deaths of Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon earlier in March.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations found that Vigil bought the gun from High Plains Arms, a licensed dealer, on South Broadway in Englewood and then gave it to Ebel. As a convicted felon, Ebel could not legally own guns.

Investigators believe Ebel then used the gun to kill Leon so he could steal his Dominos pizza uniform. He then posed as a delivery driver and drove to Clements’s Monument home, where he shot and killed the DOC director as he opened his front door, police said. Ebel then fled before police eventually caught up to him in Texas.

Ballistics evidence links the 9mm to both the Clements and Leon killings. Texas authorities also found a pizza uniform and delivery box in Ebel’s car after the shootout.  Ebel also had handwritten directions to the prison chief’s house in his car.